1. Daniel Berger, United States
The 2015 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year is having a breakthrough season, with his second PGA Tour victory in the FedEx St. Jude Classic last month and runner-up finishes in the Travelers Championship in his last outing and in the WGC-HSBC Champions among his five top-10 results. Berger, 24, is ninth in the FedEx Cup standings and has climbed to No. 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking, but would be even higher had he not lost to his buddy Jordan Spieth in a playoff at the Travelers. He is making his debut in the John Deere Classic and will be on the jet tournament officials hired on Sunday night to take those who stay and play to the United Kingdom for his second appearance in the Open Championship next week at Royal Birkdale in England. Berger figures to enjoy TPC Deere Run because both of his victories came on TPC courses in the St. Jude at TPC Southwind, and he has finished in the top five the last two years in the Travelers at TPC River Highlands.
2. Danny Lee, New Zealand
3. Brian Harman, United States
4. Kyle Stanley, United States
5. Ryan Moore, United States
6. Kevin Kisner, United States
7. Charley Hoffman, United States
8. Zach Johnson, United States
9. Steve Stricker, United States
10. Nick Taylor, Canada (Dark Horse)
Although he is not as well know as fellow Canadians Adam Hadwin and Graham DeLaet, Taylor is making at least as much noise these days on the PGA Tour. He tied for eighth in the Wells Fargo Championship, tied for ninth in the AT&T Byron Nelson, playing the weekend in 66-65, and also tied for ninth in the Greenbrier Classic last week, when he was among the leaders all the way after he opened with a 6-under-par 64. Taylor's only pro victory came in the 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship on the PGA Tour, beating Boo Weekley and Jason Bohn by two strokes, and he had a stellar amateur career that included wins in the Canadian Amateur Championship and the Canadian Junior Championship. If he is going to keep his run going this week in the John Deere Classic, he will have to figure out TPC Deere Run, where he shot 75-72 -- 147 to miss the cut in 2015 and also missed the weekend last year at 69-76 -- 145.