Golfweek has learned that the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic will not be held this year.
The tournament was scheduled for July 9-12 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois, and would have been the fifth event played in the Tour’s revamped schedule. The first four events, beginning May 21 at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, will not be allowing fans.
John Deere Classic tournament director Clair Peterson called it “a sad day.”
He noted that the sadness was offset by the fact that the tournament still will provide significant charitable dollars to its community.
“We’ll probably do $10 million in charitable impact in a year that more than any I can remember will be critically important,” said Peterson, who added that the JDC gave $13.8 million to 543 charities last year.
Financial considerations were part of the decision. The loss of pro-am income amounts to over $1 million, Peterson said, and all of the tournament’s corporate hospitality sponsors respectfully have said they didn’t feel comfortable participating this year.
“We had one sponsor say that 90 percent of the guests they surveyed said they wouldn’t even come if they were invited,”…