Greenbrier Classic canceled after 23 die in West Virginia flooding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The PGA Tour says the Greenbrier Classic scheduled for next month has been canceled because of the devastating flooding in West Virginia.

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The tournament had been scheduled for July 7-10. Tour officials say the Old White TPC at the Greenbrier Resort, the host course, suffered extensive damage from the flooding and “is beyond reasonable repair to conduct the tournament.”

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said officials were heartbroken by the devastation in West Virginia.

He said canceling the Greenbrier was the most prudent course of action.

Greenbrier County claimed 15 of the 23 deaths from the floods. The state Division of Homeland Security said the other deaths were reported in Kanawha, Jackson and Ohio counties.

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The Greenbrier Classic began in 2010. The PGA Tour is committed to holding the event through 2021.

The resort in White Sulphur Springs was inundated by flooding that struck West Virginia after heavy storms rolled into the state Thursday.

The tour expressed its sympathy to victims of the flooding and said that “the obvious priority is with the safety of that community and its recovery efforts.”

 

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