Web.com Tour Championship canceled for hurricane


The Web.com Tour Championship, the final event of the Web.com Tour Finals, has been canceled because of expected inclement conditions associated with Hurricane Matthew. The event will not be rescheduled.

The Tour informed players Wednesday of the cancellation of the event, which was to be held at Atlantic Beach Country Club in Atlantic Beach, Fla.

As of the 11 a.m. Wednesday advisory from the National Weather Service, Hurricane Matthew has sustained winds of 120 mph. It is expected to approach the northeast coast of Florida as a major hurricane sometime Friday, and the city of Jacksonville ordered an evacuation of Atlantic Beach Wednesday morning.

Top 25 players from the Web.com Tour Finals money list

"It is unfortunate that we've had to cancel our season-ending event, however, our first priority is the safety of our players, fans, volunteers and staff," said Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee. "With Hurricane Matthew on the horizon, it is critical that we make sure everyone involved with the Web.com Tour Championship has ample time to evacuate the Northeast Florida area and return home."

With the 2016-17 PGA Tour season set to begin next week with the Safeway Open, there were few if any options for rescheduling the event. Instead, the money list through the first three Finals events will be used to determine which 25 players earn cards for next season.

That means that Grayson Murray wins the Finals money list title, and as a result is fully exempt next season and has a spot in the 2017 Players Championship. Tim Wilkinson earns the 25th and final card, while Rob Oppenheim - who last year earned his Tour card by $109 - will miss returning to the PGA Tour by $392.

Notable players who failed to earn PGA Tour cards via the Finals include Stuart Appleby, Camilo Villegas, Brendon de Jonge, Erik Compton and Chesson Hadley.