The PGA Tour hoped to welcome followers again to tournaments in early July amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
That plan will now have to attend.
The John Deere Traditional, the fifth event on the Tour’s revised schedule this summer season, canceled the event on Thursday as a result of coronavirus considerations and native restrictions. It can return subsequent 12 months for its 50th anniversary.
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The John Deere Traditional — which was scheduled for July 9-12 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois — mentioned that native and state-wide restrictions within the state made planning to carry the event tough.
“Due to the continued well being and security considerations associated to the coronavirus pandemic, the tough resolution was made to cancel the 2020 John Deere Traditional,” event director Clair Peterson mentioned in a press release, by way of the PGA Tour “Whereas we thought of a number of alternate options for the Traditional, this was the selection that made essentially the most sense for our friends, the gamers and the Quad Metropolis group at massive.”
The John Deere Traditional is historically the ultimate occasion every season earlier than the British Open. Dylan Frittelli is the reigning champion after posting a final-round 64 final 12 months. He recorded only one bogey the complete week.
The Tour is about to renew play on June 11 with the Charles Schwab Problem at Colonial Nation Membership in Fort Value, Texas. At the least the primary 4 occasions can be held with out followers in attendance. The Tour additionally has a number of security measures in place, together with chartered flights, well being screenings and testings, a central resort and extra.
The Tour will fill the empty week on its schedule with a brand new event, it mentioned in a press release, although didn’t present particulars on the place that event can be. In keeping with ESPN’s Bob Harig, The Tour is contemplating holding a event at TPC Sawgrass in Florida close to its headquarters — which additionally performs host to The Gamers Championship every year.
There have been greater than 1.7 million confirmed instances of the coronavirus in the USA as of Thursday afternoon, in keeping with The New York Occasions, and greater than 101,000 deaths attributed to it. Illinois had greater than 114,600 confirmed instances, the third most within the nation behind each New York and New Jersey, although a majority of these have been within the Chicago space.
“For us, we simply could not make all of it work,” Peterson mentioned, by way of ESPN. “Illinois has very severe — and rightly so — restrictions. We respect these. It says no gatherings of greater than 50 individuals via the summer season. That is a tricky one.
“We now have a small clubhouse, small car parking zone. It is very tough to get all the things established from a social distancing standpoint, together with locker rooms and all the things else. [John Deere] has been extremely supportive, and through this pandemic they’ve been very cautious with their workers. So when all these issues come into play, no matter model of the event we placed on, we would not be capable to pull off with followers a part of it. And that is a cash shedding proposition. How a lot cash can we afford to lose? How does our reserve fund look?”
The PGA Tour hoped to permit followers again on the John Deere Traditional this summer season for the primary time in its revised schedule. (Michael Cohen/R&A/Getty Photos)
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