The John Deere Classic has decided to cancel what would have been its 50th anniversary as a PGA Tour event. According to tournament director Clair Peterson, there were too many obstacles to overcome and too many risks from the COVID-19 pandemic that it made sense in the long run to not hold the tournament.
The John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois, had been scheduled for July 9-12 at the TPC Deere Run. Dylan Frittelli of South Africa was the defending champion. It would have been the fifth tournament in the PGA Tour’s revised schedule, which starts June 11-14 at Colonial. The tour has said no fans will be allowed for at least a month.
The tournament still plans a charitable donation; The John Deere Classic has raised $13.8 million for more than 500 local charities.