With a pair of top-10s at this event in his last few appearances, Adam Schenk may be believing it’s his turn to win.
He’s only played the John Deere four times, but he’s made six-figure paychecks each of the last two times he completed the tournament.
In 2019, Schenk carded 67-65-66-70 and was in the mix to win on Sunday before finishing T-6th. Despite there not being a tournament in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Purdue alum picked up right where he left off in Big 10 country with a T-4th (67-64-70-67) finish in 2021.
He even grew up on a farm with John Deere equipment, so this would be the perfect venue to earn PGA Tour victory number one.
The 31-year-old has strong recent form that has him ever so close to reaching the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time in his career.
Schenk took solo second this spring at the Charles Schwab Challenge where he lost in a playoff. He followed it up the next week with T-7th at the Memorial Tournament, a designated event.
He missed a couple cuts in a row before bouncing back for solo seventh last week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Schenk doesn’t have a particular strength to his game statistically, but he’s gaining strokes in every category. In total, he’s 38th on the PGA Tour in SG per round (.7).
It’s not exactly a home game this week in Illinois, but Schenk seems to feel comfortable playing in the Midwest.