Heavy rain and flooding prompted the PGA Tour Canada to cancel this week’s ATB Financial Classic.
Thursday’s opening round on the Talons Course at Country Hills Golf Club was suspended because of rain only 82 minutes into play. On Friday, play was called off early in the day, with hope of a 36-hole competition to be completed this weekend. However, PGA Tour Canada president Jeff Monday ultimately took a broader view of the destruction across southern Alberta.
“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,” Monday said in a 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.”
The Canadian military sent troops and helicopters to the province to help aid residents as upwards of 100,000 fled their homes as the Bow and Elbow rivers surged out of their banks.
The ATB Financial Classic was the second of eight events on the PGA Tour Canada calendar, which runs through mid-September.