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August 2019

Top Story: A Tale of Two PGA Tournaments

Author: Len Ziehm

One down, and one big one to go. And then what? We’re all about to enter a period of transition.

Illinois is blessed with two PGA Tour events, but they couldn’t be more different.

The John Deere Classic has had a variety of names since its founding in 1971. It’s played two hours west of Chicago with a full field of 156 players. The BMW Championship has a richer history if you accept its beginnings with the Western Open of 1899. There was only one title change, when “Western” was dropped from the title and the tournament was converted into a 70-player FedEx Cup Playoff event in 2007.

The John Deere Classic is entrenched in one city and one golf course, TPC Deere Run in Silvi....