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New Dates for John Deere Classic

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2021 Winner Lucas Glover

The John Deere Classic is going to move. The PGA has decided next year the tournament in the Quad Cities will be played one week earlier, June 27th through July 3rd.

Tournament Director Clair Peterson says next year's Classic will be held two weeks before the British Open, instead of just one.

"So having a little breathing room there, we think is going to be a good thing and will allow us to talk to players in a different way and perhaps they might view us in a different way as far as their ability to come and join us."

Since the British Open is one of the four major tournaments each year, Peterson thinks this will help the John Deere Classic attract more top players.

He also calls this a "vote of confidence" by the PGA.

"I think it reflects, to some extent, what we've accomplished here. What the community has accomplished here. What the PGA tour feels is happening here and how they feel about the John Deere Classic."

Since the tournament will only move ahead by one week, he doesn't foresee any problems with recruiting volunteers and lining up sponsors.