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John Deere Classic 2019 Champion Fritelli Ready to Defend Title

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Defending champion Dylan Fritelli is fully vaccinated and ready to compete in the John Deere Classic next month. Michelle O'Neill reports the tournament will celebrate its 50th anniversary after being forced to cancel last year because of the pandemic.

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Dylan Fritelli expresses his disappointment when hearing Deere & Company will not hold its "Big Dig" for PGA golfers and their families this year.

It's been two years since Dylan Fritelli teed off at TPC Deere Run in Silvis. During a virtual media day for the John Deere Classic, the native of South Africa said he's proud his first PGA Tour victory was in the Quad Cities.

Fritelli says the tournament is well-known on the PGA Tour for its strong title sponsorship with John Deere, family-friendly hometown atmosphere, and top-notch community support.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 9th at 10 am at JohnDeereClassic.com. The tournament will follow all the PGA Tour's health and safety rules. All tickets and parking passes will be digital and must be bought online ahead of time. Tickets will not be sold at the gate.

Tournament Director Clair Peterson expects around 10,000 fans each day, or one-third the capacity of TPC Deere Run. But that could change. Illinois is set to fully reopen on Friday. Even without a golf tournament in 2020, the tournament's fundraiser, Birdies for Charity, raised $12.2 million for 465 nonprofits in northwestern Illinois and eastern Iowa.

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