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A decade removed from his three-peat in the Quad Cities, Steve Stricker is once again a popular bet at the John Deere Classic.
Stricker turned 54 in February and is skipping a title defense this week at the U.S. Senior Open to instead tee it up against players half his age at TPC Deere Run. The current U.S. Ryder Cup captain remains the last player to win the same PGA Tour event three years in a row, having won the Deere every year from 2009-11. He's returning this week for the first time since 2018, having finished T-5 as recently as 2017, and he's getting a lot of attention from the betting public.
Stricker opened at +6000 at PointsBet Sportsbook but quickly moved to +4500, and he leads the way in terms of betting handle (total money wagered) among pre-tournament wagers this week:
Top John Deere Classic bets based on handle (via PointsBet)
Steve Stricker (+4500, 6.33% of handle)
Alex Noren (+3000, 4.88%)
Kevin Streelman (+2500, 4.74%)
Zach Johnson (+4000, 4.68%)
Maverick McNealy (+4000, 4.02%)
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Stricker also factors among the top plays when looking at total tickets (individual bets), but he trails a few players with shorter odds this week. Among them is betting favorite Daniel Berger, while topping the ticket count is Kevin Streelman who has contended recently in a pair of majors but remains in search of his first win on Tour in seven years:
Top John Deere Classic bets based on ticket count (via PointsBet)
Kevin Streelman (+2500, 4.97% of tickets)
Daniel Berger (+1100, 4.10%)
Zach Johnson (+4000, 4.10%)
Steve Stricker (+4500, 3.98%)
Alex Noren (+3000, 3.73%)
In terms of overall liability, the biggest sweat this week isn't Stricker, and it isn't Zach Johnson, the de facto tournament host in the Quad Cities. Instead it's Japan's Satoshi Kodaira, who has attracted action at +12500 as he looks for his first win since the 2018 RBC Heritage. Kodaira strung together three straight top-20 finishes in May and June but missed the cut last week in Detroit.
Top Liabilities (via PointsBet)
Satoshi Kodaira (+12500)
Steve Stricker (+4500)
Zach Johnson (+4000)
Willie Mack III (+50000)
Andrew Landry (+15000)
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