On Saturday, June 25, 2016, the PGA Tour announced in a joint release with the Greenbrier Resort that the Greenbrier Classic has been canceled due to the devastating flooding which struck West Virginia. The tournament was scheduled to take place July 7 to 10. Tournament officials said the Old White TPC, where the Classic is hosted, suffered extensive damage and is beyond reasonable repair to conduct the tournament.
“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. “Canceling 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 prayer are with them.”
“All 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,” added Greenbrier Resort owner, Jim Justice.
Finchem went on to say that the PGA has the opportunity to return again to southern West Virginia in 2017, but this is a secondary concern. He said the priority is the safety of the people who live in Greenbrier County and their recovery from the disaster.