June 25, 2016
PGA Tour and Greenbrier Resort officials announced Saturday that The Greenbrier Classic, scheduled for July 7-10, has been canceled because of the devastating flooding caused by record rainfalls throughout West Virginia.
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,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement. “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.
In a news conference on Friday, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said about 66,000 homes and businesses were still without power. Tomblin declared a state of emergency in 44 of the state’s 54 counties. NBC News reported that at least 23 people have been killed in the flooding.
The Greenbrier Classic is just the third PGA Tour event canceled because of weather conditions in the last 20 years, joining the 2009 Viking Classic (now known as the Sanderson Farms Championship) and the 1996 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Tournaments were also canceled in 2001 in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.