Tournament Will Be Played Two Weeks Before The Open Championship
For the first time in its 50-year history, the 2022 John Deere Classic will be played two weeks before The Open Championship, June 27-July 3, as part of a larger strategic alliance between the PGA Tour and the European Tour.
“We’re very excited that the 2022 John Deere Classic will be played two weeks before The Open Championship,” said John Deere Classic tournament director Clair Peterson. “The new date will give us the opportunity to attract players who otherwise might not have considered the John Deere Classic because they felt the need to travel to the United Kingdom the week before The Open. Now we have a chance to attract those players.”
Since 2004 the tournament has been scheduled the week before The Open Championship, except for 2016 when it was played concurrent with the Rio Olympics in August. From 1999-2002, it was played the week after The Open.
It is not known whether the date change will be permanent or relatively consistent moving forward. The PGA Tour retains the right to schedule tournaments on dates it believes are appropriate.
The Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky is now scheduled the week before The Open Championship.
John Deere’s title sponsorship agreement with the PGA Tour runs through 2023.
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. It was the first victory in 10 years for the 2009 U.S. Open champion.
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 $133 million for charity.