Bethesda - Devastating flooding in West Virginia caused by record rainfall has forced the PGA Tour to cancel the Greenbrier Classic scheduled for July 7-10, tour and resort officials announced Saturday.
Torrential rains hit especially hard in the area around the Greenbrier, causing extensive flood damage on the Old White course beyond the ability to repair in order to stage the event.
"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."
The Greenbrier Classic began in 2010 with a six-year agreement with the resort. In 2012, the deal was extended through 2021.
"All of our focus needs to be on helping all of the people of our great state," said Greenbrier owner Jim Justice. "So many have lost loved ones, their homes, and have no place to go."
Finchem indicated the tour plans to return to the Greenbrier next year.
"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," Finchem said. "The priority is safety of the residents and their recovery from this disaster."