This article is part of our PGA Tour Stats Review series.
While the Olympic men's golf tournament is going to capture much of the golf world's attention this week, we cannot overlook the John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour, the second-to-last event of the regular season. Jordan Spieth is the defending champion, but, even though he did not go to Rio, he has chosen not to defend his title as to not be a distraction.
Most fantasy leagues do not appear to have Olympic golf as part of the schedule, so we won't touch on it heavily here. I'll quickly give guys I like this week: Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed for the Americans, Henrik Stenson (for obvious reasons), Anriban Lahiri from India and Sergio Garcia, who has a chance to erase a multitude of demons and woe with a gold medal this week.
I also think Justin Rose can really sneak under the radar along with B.H. An.
My medal picks:
Gold: Bubba Watson
Silver: Henrik Stenson
Bronze: Anirban Lahiri
You gotta go low. You have to make birdies. You have to keep moving forward. This is one of those weeks where if you're not in the 60s every day you feel like you're moving backward. With that in mind, here are the birdie average leaders for this season in the field this week.
Robert Garrigus - 4.00 birdies per round
Andrew Loupe - 3.97
Michael Thompson - 3.97
Jamie Lovemark - 3.81
Adam Hadwin - 3.79
My pick by far in this category is Robert Garrigus.