SILVIS, Illinois — The 2016 John Deere Classic has been named the PGA Tour's 2016 Tournament of the Year. It was named at the annual Tournament Meetings on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
The 46th annual Classic was also awarded first place for Most Engaged Community and Best Social Media Activation.
The John Deere Classic helped raise a tournament record of $10.54 million for charity, a nearly $2 million increase from its previous year. The Wednesday evening concert by country music star Jake Owen contributed $500,000 to the charity's bottom line. Since 1971, the tournament's charity has now raised more than $81 million.
The event's volunteer base has also grown, with more than 1,700 volunteers total contributing 22,000 hours in 2016. Despite being held off its traditional date, the John Deere Classic's Facebook page generated more 'likes' than any other event page on the PGA Tour in 2016, and had the second highest number of combined Twitter and Instagram followers.
The tournament's champion, Ryan Moore, had nine top 10 finishes and clinched the final point in the U.S. team's victory over Europe in the Ryder Cup.
The 2017 John Deere Classic will be held July 10-16 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis.