With devastating floods killing at least 26 people in West Virginia, the PGA Tour and Greenbrier Resort decided to cancel the The Greenbrier Classic which was scheduled for July 7-10.
The PGA Tour released the following statement:
Greenbrier County, where The Greenbrier Resort is located, has been particularly hard-hit by torrential rains. The Old White TPC, host course for the tournament, suffered extensive damage from the flooding and is beyond reasonable repair to conduct the tournament TOUR officials said.
“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,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “Cancelling 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.”
“All of our focus needs to be on helping all of the people of our great State. So many have lost loved ones, their homes, and have no place to go,” said Jim Justice, owner of The Greenbrier.
The Greenbrier Classic was introduced in 2010 through a six-year agreement with the resort. Just two years later, The Greenbrier signed a six-year extension, carrying the commitment to host the tournament through 2021.
“This is a tremendous partnership and we’ve received unbelievable support from golf fans throughout the region,” Finchem said. “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.”
Justice added: “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.”