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Friday, August 26, 2011

The Barclays shortened to 54 holes

EDISON, N.J. – The PGA TOUR today announced that The Barclays, the first of four events in the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup, will be shortened from a 72-hole event to 54 holes, due to the impending threat of Hurricane Irene, which is forecast to move up the East Coast and into the Tri-State area on Sunday.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a state of emergency on Thursday in advance of Hurricane Irene’s arrival, which threatens to cause severe flooding and damage this weekend, and forecasters issued a hurricane warning for much of New Jersey early Friday morning.
The Barclays is being held for the first time at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J.
“We weighed all the options available to us, and under normal circumstances, we would obviously prefer to complete 72 holes,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. “That’s even more true here at The Barclays, considering that this is such an important event to our players as they look to advance through the PGA Tour playoffs for the FedExCup. But these aren’t normal circumstances. We realize that ‘waiting it out’ until Hurricane Irene passes and trying to play golf on Monday or Tuesday would only add unnecessary strain to those who will be trying to help the community recover from whatever potential damage this storm causes. The safety of the community, our fans, players, sponsor guests, television partners and staff is of the utmost importance.”
Those who have purchased Sunday tickets to The Barclays 2011 will be contacted by tournament officials and given good-any-day tickets to The Barclays 2012 at The Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y., in exchange.
This marks the first time in the brief history of the FedExCup that an event has been shortened to 54 holes and the first 54-hole event since the 2009 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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