As heavy rains continue to cause extensive flooding in Calgary, PGA Tour Canada officials were forced to cancel this week's ATB Financial Classic.
A portion of the field was able to begin the opening round Thursday, but play was halted after just 82 minutes and was not resumed. Officials suspended play again Friday due to the conditions with the hope that a 36-hole event could be salvaged over the weekend, but later in the afternoon the decision was made to cancel the event entirely.
'Given the increasing severity of the emergency situation the greater Calgary community is being forced to deal with we have made the decision to cancel the tournament at this time,' explained PGA Tour Canada president Jeff Monday in a released statement. 'We are working with the sponsors, the tournament organization and the Country Hills Golf Club management team to explore the possibility of rescheduling the tournament later this year. Our thoughts are with the families and communities affected by the flooding.'
With rivers surging to record highs, as many as 100,000 residents of Calgary have been evacuated from their homes thus far this week due to dangerous conditions created by the widespread flooding.