Tournament Will Be Played Two Weeks Before The Open Championship
The John Deere Classic will retain its place on the PGA Tour calendar in 2023 and will be played two weeks before The Open Championship, as it was this year for the first time.
The 52nd edition of the Quad Cities-based tournament will be conducted the week of July 5-9 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis with J.T. Poston as defending champion, tournament officials said. Poston finished with a three-shot victory this year, totaling 21-under par for the 72-hole event.
The tournament also will offer a $7.4 million purse, an increase of $300,000, and three exemptions into the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. This year, Poston, Emiliano Grillo and Christiaan Bezuidenhout received exemptions to play in The Open at St. Andrews.
“The John Deere Classic is pleased to retain its date two weeks before The Open Championship,” said tournament executive director Clair Peterson. “We also are excited to be able to offer our contestants three opportunities to qualify for The Open.”
From 2004-2021, the John Deere Classic had 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.
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.