EDISON, N.J. – The PGA Tour announced that The Barclays will be shortened from a 72-hole event to 54 holes, due to the impending threat of Hurricane Irene. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a state of emergency on Thursday in advance of Hurricane Irene’s arrival, which threatens to cause severe flooding and damage this weekend, and forecasters issued a hurricane warning for much of New Jersey early Friday morning.
“We weighed all the options available to us, and under normal circumstances, we would obviously prefer to complete 72 holes,” said PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem. “But these aren’t normal circumstances. We realize that ‘waiting it out’ until Hurricane Irene passes and trying to play golf on Monday or Tuesday would only add unnecessary strain to those who will be trying to help the community recover from whatever potential damage this storm causes.'
“We’re certainly disappointed that the weather will cut short what was on track to be a record-setting event for us,” said The Barclays executive director Peter Mele. “So many people have worked so hard to set us up for an incredible tournament, but now is the time to keep them and their families’ safety in mind. And while we won’t play on Sunday, I have no doubt we’ll crown a worthy champion tomorrow after an exciting ‘final’ round.”
Those who have purchased Sunday tickets to The Barclays will be contacted by tournament officials and given good-any-day tickets to The Barclays next year at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park.
This marks the first time in the history of the FedEx Cup that an event has been shortened to 54 holes and the first 54-hole event since the 2009 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. This will be the 26th 54-hole event on the Tour since 1990.