Parts of West Virginia have been hit very hard by torrential rains and as a result, The Greenbrier Classic has been cancelled due to severe flooding.
According to a press release, the Old White TPC, host of the PGA TOUR tournament, stated that the course suffered extensive damage from the flooding and as a result is beyond reasonable repair to conduct the tournament.
Earlier in the week, fans were reminded that Saturday, the day of the official cancellation was the last chance to get free tickets for the event.
“We are heartbroken by the devastation that the residents of West Virginia are experiencing at this time and the reports of lives lost due to the terrible flooding,” PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem said in the press release. “Cancelling the The Greenbrier Classic is certainly the most prudent course of action as our foremost concern is the well-being of those who are having to live through this tragic situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
The Greenbrier Classic itself first started in 2010 and after two years extended its six-year agreement to 2021.
“This is a tremendous partnership and we’ve received unbelievable support from golf fans throughout the region,” said Finchem. “We know we will have the opportunity to return again next year and we look forward to that time. But for now, that is of secondary concern. The priority is safety of the residents and their recovery from this disaster.”
This tournament was schedule for July 7-10 and is known as a popular destination for golfers to take their families. The Greenbrier resort itself is home to the New Orleans Saints during NFL Training Camp.
The Greenbrier Classic was placed right before the Open Championship which meant some of the golfers who qualified for the season’s third major would have to quickly fly over to prepare. Now this no longer is an issue.
This tournament will be missed by the West Virginia golf fans and many of the golfers themselves but safety is the number one concern. President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in West Virginia and offered federal aid to affected individuals including in Greenbrier County.
“All of our focus needs to be on helping all of the people of our great State,” The Greenbrier owner Jim Justice said in a press release. “So many have lost loved ones, their homes and have no place to go. We love the PGA TOUR and our partnership with these fine people. All of us are united with only one common goal to help the people through this terrible time.”