Flooding leads PGA to cancel Greenbrier

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The PGA Tour has officially cancelled the Greenbrier Classic that was set to take place in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, after flooding inundated the course and surrounding area.

Thunderstorms and torrential rain in West Virginia over the last few days has caused terrible flooding in the area and at least 26 people are thought to have been killed.

The Greenbrier Classic was scheduled to get underway in 12 days, but the rain had left parts of the course underwater.

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement, “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.”

“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.”

Owner of Greenbrier, Jim Justice said, “All of our focus needs to be on helping all the people of our great state. 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,” the statement read.

Up to 100 homes have also been destroyed by the rising flood waters.