Cameron Davis earned his first PGA Tour victory on the fifth playoff hole to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic at a price of 125-1. Unfortunately for this column, Davis' first tour victory came at the expense of Troy Merritt and Joaquin Niemann, who were tipped here last week at 100-1 and 27-1, respectively. Niemann, at one point trading at -400 toward the end of the final round, bowed out on the first playoff hole, carding a bogey after going bogey-free for 72 holes. Merritt ranked second in the field for SG: Putting but missed a five-foot par on the final playoff hole to give Davis the victory. Davis, for his part, made a 50-foot bunker shot for eagle on 17, then birdied the 18th to get into the playoff. The Australian, now ranked No. 67, is currently the first alternate for the British Open based on the OWGR, so Davis (28-1 this week) is going to attempt to go back-to-back and win the John Deere Classic to earn his spot at Royal St George's the old-fashioned way.
The John Deere Classic is back in its customary spot before the British Open after having been canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. Although there are some big names who are past champions here (Jordan Spieth, Bryson DeChambeau, Steve Stricker), it is typically one of the weaker fields on the PGA Tour schedule due to many players heading across the pond to prepare for the British Open. However, that also provides huge opportunities for players looking to earn a PGA Tour win and rise in the FedEx Cup standings.