Many of the PGA Tour's big names are having a week off as they prepare for the upcoming Open Championship, which makes the John Deere Classic a wide-open tournament.
Just one of the world's top-20 will be teeing it up in Illinois and the majority of the field will feel they have a chance to take the title at TPC Deere Run.
J.T. Poston won this event 12 months ago with a three-stroke victory – just his second success on the main Tour – and the 30-year-old returns to defend his title this week.
|John Deere Classic
|TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois
|Thursday, July 6th – Sunday, July 9th
|How to watch
|CBS, Golf Channel
|Denny McCarthy +1400, Russell Henley +1600, Cameron Young +1800, Ludvig Aberg +2500
This will be the 24th time this course, designed by former PGA player D. A. Weibring, has hosted the John Deere Classic.
A par-71, TPC Deere Run measures in at 7,258 yards off the championship tees and has been established since 1971.
The tree-lined course has just three par-5s but all over 550 yards in length, as well as four par-3s and 11 par-4s.
It's normally a low scoring event, with the last four winners carding -19 or lower – with Michael Kim's 27-under-par in 2018 the best four-round score to date.
One notable round came back in 2010, when Paul Goydos carded an opening 59, which remains the course record.
Poston, +4500 to win again this week, carded 263 for a -21 score in 2022 to take the John Deere Classic title, holding off the challenge of Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Emiliano Grillo who tied for second.
Former US Open champion Lucas Glover claimed success in 2021, winning by two strokes, and became one of 14 American winners in the last 15 years.
In fact, the only non-American champion since 2006 was South Africa's Dylan Frittelli, who held off the challenge of Russell Henley to win by two shots in 2019.
Six players have won this tournament more than once, including Jordan Spieth (2), Steve Stricker (3) and course designer Weibring.
It's been an up and down season to date for Moore, but the 29-year-old looks to be back on track as he seeks his second PGA Tour title of 2023.
Having won the Valspar Championship back in March, he followed up his first win with a top-40 at the Masters and T11 and T4 finishes at the RBC Heritage and Zurich Classic of New Orleans, respectivly.
He then went on to miss three consecutive missed cuts, at the Charles Schwab Challenge, US Open and Travelers Championship, albeit without playing that badly.
The confidence returned though at last week's Rocket Mortgage Classic, where an opening round of 64 helped him to a T4 finish.
Moore, available at +2800, also has happy memories of last year's John Deere Classic, in which he was T24 after finishing on 11-under-par.
Accuracy off the tee could be crucial this week and +2800 Mitchell is currently second in the PGA Tour driving stats.
He tied 20th at the US Open last month and has had a break since then, so he comes into this tournament fresh and full of confidence.
Mitchell – who ranks fifth in strokes gained off the tee - also has solid previous form at TPC Deere Run, finishing seventh here in his debut season.
He's another seeking a second PGA Tour title and recent form suggests it might not be too far away, with three top-10 finishes marked up since the turn of the year.
Since April, Reavie has missed just one cut in 10 PGA Tour starts and has secured two top-10 and three top-30 finishes during that time.
Priced at +5500, Reavie goes into this week in good form after finishing T4 at the Travelers Championship two weeks ago and followed that up with a T29 spot at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
His recent impressive run has helped the man from Kansas move back inside the world's top 75 and he will want to right the wrongs of last year's event in Illinois.
The 41-year-old missed the cut at Deere Run in 2022 but consistency off the tee has seen big improvements in scoring, with Reavie currently ranked ninth in Total Driving Efficiency.