Go low or go home.
That should stand as the mantra for the John Deere Classic, where birdies flourish and par might not be your best friend at forgiving TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. It is here on a stretch of land covering 7,268 yards and playing to a par of 71 that players finishing with rounds in the 70s will frown.
Just check out the numbers.
From 2000 to 2016, TPC Deere Run has surrendered 30,042 birdies — the most on any course on the PGA Tour. The course that ranks second — TPC River Highlands, home to the Travelers Championship — has allowed 26,516.
The last 17 winners have been a combined 332 under par.
Defending champion Ryan Moore has broken par in 23 consecutive rounds. Last year he didn’t make a bogey on his final 46 holes, shot 65-65-65-67 and won by two shots at 22 under par. By the way, Jon Rahm and Sung Kang broke 70 each day — and tied for 14th.
Zach Johnson, the winner in 2012 who is making his 16th appearance this week, hasn’t finished with an over-par round since 2008.
Steve Stricker, who…