US PGA John Deere Classic cancelled

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The John Deere Classic, in position to be the first United States (US) PGA Tour event to be played with spectators since the coronavirus pandemic, has been cancelled, the tour confirmed on Thursday.

Multiple media outlets had reported the event, scheduled for July 9-12 in Silvis, Illinois, would not be staged this year.

“As a result of this decision, the PGA Tour announced that it will fill the week vacated by the John Deere Classic with a new tournament,” the tour said in a statement, adding that details on the venue would be forthcoming in the near future.

“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 Classic, won last year by South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli, is a staple at TPC Deere Run and was scheduled to be the fifth tournament in the tour’s return since it shut down in March.

Coronavirus restrictions in the state of Illinois ban gatherings of more than 50 people and those were expected to be in place during the week of the John Deere event.