Final Open Championship berth moved to Barracuda

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The final qualifying spot in the Open Championship, originally allocated to a top finisher at The Greenbrier Classic, will now be up for grabs next week at the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship.

The top player not already exempt from among the top five finishers at The Greenbrier was expected to qualify for Royal Troon, but the PGA Tour announced Saturday that the July 7-10 tournament would be canceled because of extensive flooding in the area that left the golf course beyond repair.

That decision left one berth in the season's third major still up for grabs, and tournament officials have decided to give it to the top finisher not otherwise exempt among the top five next week in Reno, Nev.

The Barracuda Championship, played opposite the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, will host a field of 132 players in the Tour's only event that utilizes a modified Stableford scoring system. Last year J.J. Henry defeated Kyle Reifers in a playoff.

Next week's event will mark the end of the Open Qualifying Series, which will have placed 44 of the 156 players into the Open Championship, held July 14-17 in Ayrshire, Scotland.