The 2022 John Deere Classic will provide three exemptions to the 150th Open Championship to the leading three players who finish in the top 10 and ties and are not already exempt.
Since 2004, the John Deere Classic has offered one exemption under similar qualifications set by the R&A, which governs the game of golf worldwide along with the USGA. The Open has a field of 156 players.
Next year’s John Deere Classic is scheduled for June 27-July 3 at TPC Deere Run, two weeks before the Open Championship at St. Andrews, July 10-17. Typically, the John Deere Classic has been played one week before the Open.
“We are very excited to be able to offer players three opportunities to qualify for the Open Championship, especially the historic 150th edition at St. Andrews, the home of golf,” said Clair Peterson, executive director of the John Deere Classic. “We have had a very positive relationship with the R&A for nearly two decades and we’re very appreciative of receiving three exemptions next year.”
In 2021, no exemption was offered because of complications surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. John Deere Classic champions who have received the exemption include Jordan Spieth (2013) and Bryson DeChambeau (2017).
Former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover won the 2021 John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois with a score of 19-under par, coming from four shots behind in the final round to win by two.
The John Deere Classic, which includes Birdies for Charity, is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization located in the John Deere Classic tournament offices at 15623 Coaltown Road, East Moline, Illinois. Since its founding in 1971, the tournament has helped raise more than $145 million for charity.