2023 John Deere Classic: Top 10 Power Rankings at TPC Deere Run

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Cameron Young boasts the title as the highest-ranked player in the field based on the Official World Golf Ranking, as well as the only player from the top 20.

It’s a bit surprising to see him in the field, but he’s in need of FedEx Cup points. Young has been on a bit of an upward trend of late, shaking off a pair of missed cuts at the PGA Championship and Memorial Tournament to make his next three outings.

Twelve of Young’s last 13 events have been either majors, designated events, or World Golf Championships, so this week is the time to strike against a weaker field.

The Wake Forest alum owns a pair of runner-up finishes in 2023. One came on the Asian Tour and the other at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Young’s missed just two cuts all season but hasn’t quite been the top-10 machine we were accustomed to seeing in his rookie campaign in 2021-22.

What’s holding him back is his work on the greens. He’s dipped from 68th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting per round (.14) to 180th (-.546).

He’ll likely never become Steve Stricker or Brad Faxon on the greens, but if he can be somewhere around a net neutral with the putter, he’s bound to win multiple events.

Young can lean on his elite ball striking this week at TPC Deere Run where the greens are not overly challenging. The 26-year-old ranks 12th in SG off-the-tee (.626) and 44th in SG approach (.372).

He’s one of the longer players in the game. That isn’t as big an advantage this week as normal, but there are spots Young can flex his distance.

He’s known for rising to the occasion at tough venues, but Young is also capable of going low. He ranks ninth in par breakers (24.21%).