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PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic cancels 2020 event

Tournament officials cite coronavirus-related crowd restrictions at the site in Silvis, Ill., as the reason for scrapping what would have been the 50th edition of the former Quad Cities Open

Canceled: Because of crowd restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, tournament officials announced Thursday. The tournament had been scheduled for July 9-12 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. It would have been the fifth tournament played in the PGA Tour’s revised 2020 schedule. The first four events will not allow spectators. The PGA Tour said that it will fill the week vacated by the John Deere with another tournament, with the details to be announced. This year’s John Deere Classic would have been the 50th edition of what debuted on Tour in 1972 as the Quad Cities Open, with future Tour commissioner Deane Beman winning the inaugural title. Clair Peterson, tournament director of the John Deere Classic, told Golfweek’s Adam Schupak in a story published Thursday on Golfweek.com that the tournament faced a loss of more than $1 million in pro-am income. Plus, all sponsors of corporate hospitality venues declined to participate amid widespread economic suffering. Nonetheless, Peterson expects the JDC to “do $10 million in charitable impact in a year that more than any I can remember will be critically important,” he told Golfweek. The John Deere’s cancellation comes six weeks after the PGA Tour announced its revised schedule after the coronavirus pandemic suspended the season March 12.

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