John Deere Classic chooses to cancel PGA Tour event

Ruben Hill
May 28, 2020

The John Deere Classic has chose to cancel what would have been its 50th anniversary as a PGA Tour event.

The tour hopes to replace it with another event, but the longtime tournament, scheduled for July 9-12, will not be played this year due to restrictions in IL that by then will still limit gatherings to 50 people. The tour has said no fans will be allowed for at least a month, meaning the John Deere Classic potentially would have been the first golf tournament that allowed spectators.

Sources tell Golfweek that John Deere Co., didn't want to have fans at the popular Quad Cities event and risk a possible outbreak of coronavirus at a large gathering.

"Because of the ongoing health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, the hard decision was made to cancel the 2020 John Deere Classic", said tournament director Clair Peterson.

The John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois, had been scheduled for July 9-12 at the TPC Deere Run.

Three other events are set to be played without fans - the Heritage in SC, the Travelers Championship in CT and the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit - through July 5. The Barbasol has a $3.5 million purse compared to the $6.2 million that was supposed to be offered at the John Deere Classic.

Eleven events have now been cancelled on the PGA Tour during the 2019-20 campaign due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

World number one Rory McIlroy plans to be among the golfers in the first return event, the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial on June 11-14 without spectators at Fort Worth, Texas.

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