Greenbrier cancelled due to flooding

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With the entire course under water and heavy damage to many buildings on the property, the PGA Tour has decided to cancel July's event.
By Matt S. Craig
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Saturday, June 25, 2016 | 3:51 p.m.

Due to the extreme flooding in the West Virginia area, the Greenbrier Classic scheduled for July 7-10 has been cancelled.

“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 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.

The floods, which have left at least 18 people dead, have been described as "unbelieveable." The resort has been forced to shut down until further notice.

 

 

 

 

In terms of what this means for golf, one event is taken out of a summer schedule that is compressed due to the Olympics.

However, the cancellation of the event leaves one less chance for players to earn Ryder Cup points. See the current Ryder Cup points rankings here.

Bubba Watson, who lives at the Greenbrier, was on hand during Friday's floods and posted several pictures and videos to his Twitter account.

 

 

 

But it doesn't look like the Watson family has lost their spirits amid the devastation:

 

 

Matt S. Craig is a PGA.com intern and a Digital Sports Production student at Ball State University.