Jordan Spieth won't be among the 156 players teeing it up for a million-dollar check at next week's John Deere Classic.
The two-time tournament champion released a statement Monday saying he will skip this year's event at TPC Deere Run to prepare for the British Open at Royal Birkdale the following week.
"I'm sorry I won’t be at this year’s John Deere Classic," Spieth said. "I love the tournament, I love the golf course, and, more importantly, I love the people. Clair (Peterson, the tournament director), his staff, the fans — the entire community — everyone involved makes that event such a special stop for the PGA Tour.
"While my schedule doesn’t permit me returning to the Quad Cities this year, I plan to be back in the future.”
Spieth, a two-time major champion, did not defend his title in the Quad-Cities last year.
With the JDC the same week as the Olympics, Spieth felt it was inappropriate to play anywhere else after electing not to play at Rio de Janeiro.
Spieth is a collective 55-under par in his three starts as a professional at the JDC. Besides his victories in 2013 and 2015, he tied for seventh in 2014.
The soon-to-be 24-year-old, ranked third in this week's Official World Golf Rankings, has two wins this season on the PGA Tour, including his last start at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Daniel Berger is the highest-ranked player committed to the JDC at No. 20. Kevin Kisner (No. 24), Brian Harman (No. 28), Siwoo Kim (No. 31), Charley Hoffman (No. 40), Bubba Watson (No. 42) and defending champion Ryan Moore (No. 44) are the other current top-50 players in the field.
Players have until 5 p.m. Friday to declare for the JDC, which begins July 13.