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John Deere Classic, Jonas Blixt is first leader

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PGA Tour golfers kick off a new week of competition with the first round of the 2023 John Deere Classic ($7.4 million prize pool) behind them. The event born in 1971 historically leads the way to The Open Championship. Although many big names on the international scene are already thinking of the Scottish appointment, there is no shortage of points of interest.

Jonas Blixt, results

At the end of the first round, Jonas Blixt leads the standings. The Swede places a solid round of -9 (62 hits) gaining two lengths of margin on his closest pursuer who bears the name of the American Grayson Murray. -6 and third position for a large group of participants made up of the South African Garrick Higgo and the hosts Greyson Sigg, Adam Schenk (photo), Richy Werenski, Nate Lashley and Cameron Young.

On the par 71 course of the TPC Deere Run, the Irishman Seamus Power and the Americans Alex Smalley, Brendon Todd, William Mouw and Akshay Bhatia close the top ten with a score of -5. Very short ranking with 88 golfers who finished the first round with scores below par. Good performance by Gordon Sargent, a young American who has not yet turned professional. For him score of -1 and 64th place.

Tomorrow space for the second round which will lead us to the fateful and usual cut on Friday. At great risk are golfers of the caliber of the Scottish Martin Laird, the Canadian Nick Taylor, and the Americans Patton Kizzire, Jim Herman and Michael Kim.

The PGA Tour became its own organization in 1968, when it split from the PGA of America, which is now primarily an association of golf professionals, such as instructors and club managers. Tournament players first formed their own organization, the Association of Professional Golfers (APG). Later, in 1968, the players abolished the APG and agreed to operate as the PGA “Tournament Players Division”, a fully autonomous division of the PGA, overseen by a new 10-member Tournament Policy Board. The name then officially changed to “PGA Tour” in 1975.

In 1981, it had a marketing dispute with the PGA of America and decided to officially change its name. From the end of August of that year it becomes “TPA Tour”, which stands for “Tournament Players Association”. The dispute was resolved within seven months and the name of the tour reverted to being “PGA Tour” in March 1982.

Due to the multiplicity of similar denominations, it is good to explain what the PGA Tour does and does not do. The PGA Tour does not operate any of the major four tournaments or the Ryder Cup. The PGA of America, not the PGA Tour, organizes the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, and co-organises the Ryder Cup with the PGA European Tour. The PGA Tour is not involved in the women’s tours of the United States, which are controlled by the LPGA. Furthermore, the PGA Tour is not the official body that regulates the game of golf in the United States: this is instead the role of the USGA, which also organizes the U.S. open. Instead, what the PGA Tour does is organize all the rest of the golf events week after week, including The Players Championship and the FedEx Cup as well as the biennial Presidents Cup.

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