PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic falls victim to Covid-19 pandemic

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The John Deere Classic will no longer be part of the revised PGA Tour schedule due to local gathering restrictions amid the global Covid-19 pandemic, it has been announced.

The event, which has been a part of the PGA Tour calendar since its inception in 1972, was scheduled to take place July 9-12 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.

However, there are restrictions in the state of Illinois which ban gatherings of more than 50 people and these limitations are expected to remain in place by the time of the tournament.

The PGA Tour has announced that it will fill the week vacated by the John Deere Classic with a new tournament, with details to be revealed in the coming weeks. According to ESPN, there is some consideration to having an event at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

“Because of the ongoing health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, the difficult decision was made to cancel the 2020 John Deere Classic,” said tournament director Clair Peterson. “While we considered several alternatives for the Classic, this was the choice that made the most sense for our guests, the players and the Quad City community at large.”

The John Deere Classic, which will return in 2021, was scheduled to be the fifth tournament on the revamped PGA Tour calendar.

Meanwhile, the European Tour will adopt a model of hosting tournaments in one regional “cluster” as it makes its return to action following the Covid-19 shutdown. Revealing its “UK Swing” to be held over six successive weeks, the European Tour announced a return to action on July 22 with the Betfred British Masters at Close House near Newcastle.