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2021 John Deere Classic odds, predictions: Consummate golf insider breaks down PGA Tour field, reveals surprising picks

Golf stats expert Sal Johnson has had an uncanny knack for picking winners, and now he provides his best bets for this week's event at TPC Deere Run
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Scores are expected to be low and a first-time PGA Tour winner could be crowned at this week's 2021 John Deere Classic, which tees off Thursday in Silvis, Ill. Eleven of the past 20 champions at TPC Deere Run have been first-time winners.     

William Hill Sportsbook lists Daniel Berger as the 9-1 favorite in its latest 2021 John Deere Classic odds, followed by Brian Harman (14-1) and Sungjae Im (16-1).

Before you consider your 2021 John Deere Classic picks or PGA Tour predictions, you HAVE TO see who golf insider Sal Johnson is backing.

A media legend and consummate golf insider, Johnson has a tremendous feel for when momentum will propel a player to victory. Before the U.S. Open, he pegged Jon Rahm among his best bets to win and touted Louis Oosthuizen at 45-1 as his top long-shot candidate. Rahm and Oosthuizen battled to the finish, with Rahm surging to his first major title.

Johnson has been on fire all season! Before the Memorial, he had Rahm and Collin Morikawa listed among his best bets, and Rahm had a six-stroke lead after the third round before having to withdraw,. That allowed Morikawa to duel to the very end with Patrick Cantlay before falling in a playoff.

The golf guru also knows when surging players are poised for a breakthrough. He tabbed Sungjae Im as a top contender before his first Tour win at the Honda Classic last season, then touted Tyrrell Hatton before he got his first tour victory the following week. Anyone who has followed Johnson's advice has cashed in HUGE!  

Now Johnson, the first producer of "Inside the PGA Tour," a longtime ABC Sports golf producer who worked with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman, and the founder of the world's top golf stats database, has released his highly confident 2021 John Deere Classic picks, and they will surprise you.

Shockingly, the golf expert is slightly fading Sungjae Im, who is listed as the third favorite by William Hill Sportsbook! The 23-year-old is honing his game for the Olympics and comes in off a top-10 finish, but he is having a roller-coaster season. His T-8 at the Travelers was his first top-25 in five events, and he missed the cut in two of those. Johnson knows the talent is there, and it could come out this week, but Johnson isn't willing to bet on it and has several other viable options!

Instead, Johnson is touting a MAJOR long shot who comes in at well over 50-1! This player has a strong short game that should play well at TPC Deere Run and comes in off his best finish of the season. He could become the latest surprise winner at the John Deere, and you need to see who it is before you bet! Anyone who backs this underdog could cash in HUGE.

Who wins the 2021 John Deere Classic? Where do Daniel Berger and Sungjae Im finish? And which MONSTER long shot is a MUST-BACK? ... Join SportsLine now to see Sal Johnson's full leaderboard and picks for the 2021 John Deere Classic, all from the insider who knows what it takes to win on the PGA Tour!

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