PGA and European Tour Betting Picks: John Deere Classic and Scottish Open

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Tough break for us last week!

As my old man, the Vietnam Vet has always told me…

Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

I never knew they played horseshoes in Saigon.

I stepped outside of my normal top 10 and top 20 picks comfort zone and picked a winner last week.

Bryson Dechambeau was nearly my Hogan’s hat hero but Matthew “Stop howling after my shots” Wolff putted in an eagle from the fringe to defeat the physics wiz as well as fellow rookie Colin Morikawa by one stroke.

Matt finished up what turned out to be an incredibly enjoyable and exciting tournament at 21 under par.

Here’s a look at his performance on Sunday.

A tip of the proverbial cap is imperative.

Elsewhere, we attempted to snag Tony Finau for a top twenty and Parick Reed to make his way inside the top ten.

Both finished T-23.

Bummer…but after a couple of slow weeks, we are at least back on the trail.

This week, I wanted to bring y’all your regular PGA Tour picks but the field this year at the John Deere Classic is about as barren as Blockbuster on a Tuesday morning.

There’s got to be a few left, right?

The aforementioned Colin Morikawa and another rook, Viktor Hovland, are the betting favorites this week at TPC Deere Run outside of the bustling metropolis of Davenport, Iowa.

Many of the world’s best golfers are understandably taking the week off with The Open aka the British Open looming in a week.

The rest of the best are in the motherland participating in the Scottish Open.

Rory McIlroy is still a massive favorite at (+600).

Word is American Justin Thomas has been practicing in the rain in hopes to get his groove back before tee times on Thursday.

Fellow patriots Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar should each be in contention this week too.

I’m personally fond of the latter.

Kuch has been one of the most consistent golfers on Tour all year along with McIlroy.

BetOnline has the gas this week.

At the time of this writing, their odds got taken down, temporarily, I assume.

I’ll give you the goods from Bet365, though.

Most of these numbers are very similar.

I know most of you are ready for another major next week and so am I but let’s make some money this week and get ole mo’ back.

John Deere Classic

Brian Harman to Finish Inside the Top Twenty: +162

This 32-year-old American is in his physical prime and is peaking for the season.

While that isn’t saying too much, I do like him this week.

2019 has been rather disappointing for the native of beautiful Savannah, Georgia.

Of late, though, he has come on.

Brian matched Matt Wolff’s final round of 6 under par at last week’s 3M Open which was good enough to place him at 7th for the tournament and minus 16 overall.

He was also 8th at the Travelers Championship last month so his game is definitely trending upwards.

TPC Deere Run will always hold a place in this man’s heart. It was the site of his first PGA Tour victory 5 years ago in 2014.

Along with great course history and good form, the motivation factor will be high as well as Harman needs a solid outing this week if he wants to qualify for next week’s Open.

My Pick
Harman to Finish in the Top 20

Wyndham Clark to Finish Inside the Top Twenty: +200

The Denver-born Las Vegas resident is another American golfer currently in form.

After missing five straight cuts from late April to early June, he has finished 15th, 17th, and 5th in the past three weeks.

He has a great game and at just 25-years-old, he could be making a move towards being a top 20 golfer in the world in just a couple of years.

I’m getting ahead of myself?

Maybe, but just listen to the well-roundedness of his game.

He would like his intro song to be Big Poppa by the Notorious BIG and wants to start his own breast cancer foundation.

Oh, his golf game?

Yea, that too.

He is 4th on the Tour in driving distance, 39th around the green, and 7th in putting.

He does have his weaknesses, though.

His driving accuracy is horrendous but this week we will see even wider fairways than at the 3M where he flourished.

As long as he’s not burnt out, I think he can continue his streak of three straight top twenties.

My Pick
Clark to Finish in the Top 20

Scottish Open

Si Woo Kim to Finish Inside the Top Twenty: +700

I know. I know.

Mr. Kim has missed four straight cuts.

He’s got to break out of it soon, though. He is just too talented.

At 7 to 1 just to get into the top twenty, throw him a bone. Maybe, he just needed to get out of America for a while.

I can attest to the immense mind-clearing benefits.

My Pick
Kim to Finish in the Top 20

Matt Kuchar to Win: +1800


The 41-year-old is ranked numero uno in the FedEx Cup Rankings.

Minus missing the cut at the Memorial, his previous seven starts dating back to March go a little somethin’ like this.

2nd, 7th, 12th, 2nd, 8th, 4th, and 16th most recently at the US Open.

He’s a savage; if I can use such a term to describe a golfer.

I could rattle off his shots gained here and there but just know, he is very very solid.

His only weakness may be that at his age, he isn’t the strongest off the tee but he makes up for with laser focus and accuracy.

I like him being rested up as well.

My Pick
Kuchar to Win

Jorge Campillo to Finish Inside the Top Twenty: +187


What a week he has had!

Oh, not that Jorge?

My bad.

I just can’t get enough of that one.

My girlfriend told me to chill after 6 consecutive tuck jumps in the condo. She got the Mutombo finger wag.

She forgave me… albeit after some mopping and dish duty but it was worth it.

Who takes off running against an Olympic wrestler?

Oh yes, golf.

Forgive me. I’ve been on a high all week from UFC 239.

This Jorge, Mr. Campillo, hopefully, caught the fastest knockout in UFC history and gained some inspiration.

From the way he has been golfing lately, though, it doesn’t appear that he really needs it.

7th, 15th, 3rd, 1st, 3rd, 20th, 2nd, and 2nd place finishes in his last 9 European Tour appearances is pretty special.

It isn’t jump switch flying Burmese knee on a world-class wrestler special but, dang it, sorry.

You get it.

He rates out very well here too.

I almost took him to win or place higher but we already have a couple of sleepers on our bill.

At nearly 2-1, let’s get that top twenty money.

My Pick
Campillo to Finish Top 20

In Conclusion

One more week ‘til its major time again, team.

Brooks will be back again and probably at even money.

Nah, not quite but his top five odds might look like that.

He is taking the week off but powerhouse Rory McIlroy isn’t. The Northern Irelander will be at this week’s Scottish Open, albeit with a very weak payout (+600). It’s not worth it to me. If you want to give him some money, though, it’s probably not a terrible idea.

We got close to some big money last week and I’m not running from it now.

  • Kuchar is #1 in FedEx points for a reason.
  • Si Woo Kim has been terrible but how long can such a talented guy stay down?
  • Harman and Wyndham Clark each rate out well at Deere Run and are playing their best golf of the year.

Hopefully, you can catch both tournaments on your tv and/or laptop.

Enjoy a cold one after you get that grass cut, sit back in your recliner and watch some golf this weekend.

It’s definitely more relaxing to watch than to play, even with money on the line.

Mike Pruitt / Author

Mike has been covering sports professionally since 2017 but on the amateur scene for 25 years since when he was 12. Before the internet changed the world, he would keep detailed statistical box scores of NFL and NBA contests, write recaps, and voluntarily commentate games and fights alone in his room. Mike's military experience, Bachelors Degree, and employment thereafter were always rooted in engineering, science, and teaching. Now he enjoys being able to express himself through writing about football, golf, and car racing among other sports but most of all fighting as his life has been rooted in mixed martial arts including competing and teaching for the past 15 years.