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August 2016

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Author: Len Ziehm

With top players withdrawing from the Olympics, the best golf from Aug. 11-14 may well take place at the John Deere Classic

IF YOU HAD asked me, I would have told you.

The PGA Tour should not have made all those changes to its mid- to late-summer schedule just to accommodate the Olympics. All that did was inconvenience tournament organizers, leave most of the players in limbo and confuse ticket buyers who had gotten used to watching specific tournaments on specific dates year after year after year.

No PGA Tour tournament was more impacted on that front than the John Deere Classic (JDC). The lone annual PGA Tour stop in Illinois drew an Aug. 11-14 date, the same days the 72-hole Olympic men’s com....