To win at John Deere, champion will need bunches of birdies

Jonathan Byrd's victory last year at the John Deere Classic included no round lower than 68. So how did he punch his ticket to the British Open? By not carding a single bogey in his final round, that's how.

While it might be a little much to ask for a repeat performance, Byrd's game suits the TPC Deere Run course and a fourth career win might not be out of the question. But if you are looking for as close to a sure thing on tour this year (now that Tiger Woods is out of commission), the controversial Kenny Perry has been playing great and not showing his age the last few months.

So who else will contend this week in the nation's heartland?
To see whom our experts picked this week, take a look below.

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