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Viking Classic canceled



Madison, MS (Sports Network) - The 2009 Viking Classic has been canceled due to weather problems.

After three consecutive days of no action, tournament officials decided at 12:15 p.m. (et) Saturday to cancel the championship.

The last time a tournament was canceled and not rescheduled was the 1996 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Then, the reason was unplayable course conditions, but the last time a PGA Tour event was rained out was the 1991 Independent Insurance Agent Open.

"I wasn't involved in the one in Houston in '91. But again we tried every single thing we could possibly do to try to play golf," said tour official Slugger White. "It's just become impossible. We've got safety issues out there with spectators. We have got safety issues with caddies walking up and down hills, players. The setting is not there."

On Friday night, 1.75 inches of rain hammered Annandale Golf Club. The decision was made to postpone play for Saturday, but officials said the first round would take place Sunday morning. A meeting would occur around 12 p.m. to decide the fate of the tournament.

At that time, officials determined that Annandale Golf Club was unplayable and the event was called off.

This championship has had a history of weather-related problems.

In 2005, the event was moved from October to November after Hurricane Katrina. The Viking Classic has been shortened due to weather nine times since its inception back in 1968.

There is no PGA Tour event scheduled for the U.S. next week. There is the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions event in China.

10/31 16:28:41 ET

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