27 Aug 2011

Barclays golf tournament shortened

6:59 am on 27 August 2011

The PGA Tour has cancelled Monday's scheduled play at The Barclays and reduced the opening tournament of golf's FedExCup playoffs to 54 holes due to safety concerns surrounding Hurricane Irene.

The Barclays, the first of four lucrative season-ending events on the U.S. circuit, will now conclude at the end of Sunday's third round at Plainfield Country Club.

Hurricane-fuelled storms are expected to hit the area late on Sunday and further saturate a course that is already soggy from more than a foot of rain last week and another drenching on Friday.

The Barclays is the first event on the PGA Tour to be reduced to 54 holes since the 2009 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.