This article is part of our Nightery Gaming series.
John Deere Classic
RotoWire has again partnered with Nightery to host a contest for the John Deere Classic!
This week's contest is limited to 50 entries at $5 per entry.
In order to join in on the fun, follow these simple steps:
- Download the Nightery App and create an account: RotoWire on Nightery
- Search invitations for: RotoWire
Nightery takes all the hassle out of community gaming for real money. With a few formats to choose from for each PGA event, hosts can invite, chat, transact and facilitate contests -- all within a single mobile app. To get started, download the Nightery app and select 'Create Contest.' Select the parameters for your game, invite your friends via the app itself and pay attention all weekend to the live leaderboard.
TPC Deere Run has been the host course ever since 2000, but the tournament has been around for more than half century, since 1971. Silvis, Ill., really is in the middle of nowhere, and this tournament means everything to the people of the Quad Cities. As someone said to me on Twitter, it is their "Super Bowl." So even though the fields are very weak, the fans come out.
This year, the fans will be especially challenged, as not one top-50 player in the world rankings is entered. Webb Simpson, at No. 58, is the top-ranked golfer in the field, followed by No. 66 Sahith Theegala, No. 75 Christiaan Bezuidenhout and No. 80 Adam Hadwin. Other names of note include Jason Day, Maverick McNealy, U.S. Ryder Cup captain and 2012 champion Zach Johnson. Also back to defend his title is Lucas Glover.
This will be a big-time birdie-fest. Glover won last year at 19-under-par, but normally you have to hit 20-under to win. There have been 59s shot here. The fairways are wide, so everyone can let fly off the tee almost without worry. The bentgrass greens are medium-sized, giving the golfers targets to attack without severe penalty. The tournament could very well come down to a putting contest.
The most exciting hole is the drivable 361-yard 14th, playing downhill to a tiny green. The hardest hole usually is the par-4, 476-yard 18th. That is one of only three par-4s that even exceeds 450 yards. Overall, the course is short, with only three par-5s, and none of them reaching 600 yards.
Even though the field is weak, there is a lot on the line -- even more than just a PGA Tour win. The John Deere Classic is part of the Open Championship Qualifying Series, and the three highest finishers in the top 10 who aren't already exempt will secure a coveted spot in the historic 150th Open Championship in two weeks.
The construct for the RotoWire game on Nightery is simple: Select 10 golfers from the field, which is grouped into different tiers. The best five golfers in your lineup add up to create your total score, with the remaining five counting as tiebreakers.
To enter, take the following steps.
- Download the Nightery mobile app: RotoWire on Nightery
- Open the app and create an account
- Search Invitations: RotoWire
- Deposit funds and purchase a $10 entry
- Make your picks prior to the first tee time Thursday
- Invite your friends to play too!
Lineups are available to be selected once the full field is announced, which is typically Tuesdays around lunchtime.
Anyone can host a game. To purchase an entry, you must be 18 years or older and physically located in one of the following states: AK, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IL, KS, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, ND, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, WI, WV, WY.