With the threat of Hurricane Matthew making landfall in the area imminent, the Web.com Tour announced today that they would cancel the Web.com Tour Championship scheduled for October 6-9 in Atlantic Beach, Florida.
The announcement followed an evacuation order issued for the area Wednesday morning.
“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.”
A statewide emergency was declared Monday which instigated the activation of the Florida National Guard to provide assistance.
Following the announcement for the Tour event, staff began to take down all the tents and equipment related to the tournament, with Golf Channel also in the process of removing their towers and tv equipment.
The Web.com Tour annually awards 50 PGA TOUR cards, with 25 coming at the conclusion of the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz in August, and an additional 25 set for the completion of the Web.com Tour Finals.
The Web.com Tour Championship was slated as the fourth and final event in the Finals, whereby the second set of 25 TOUR cards for the 2016-17 season was to be awarded following the conclusion of play.
With the tournament cancelled, all earnings through three events of the Web.com Tour Finals are deemed final. Per Web.com Tour policy, a minimum of 36 holes is required for an event to award official money.
The event cancellation marks the first for the Web.com Tour since the 2005 Miccosukee Championship, which was cancelled due to Hurricane Wilma.
The TOUR says they will release information regarding the 25 PGA TOUR Cards and the priority ranking for the 2016-2017 season shortly.