President of Westchester Country Club says Barclays is moving
NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) The PGA Tour has decided to move the Barclays tournament, the first leg in the tour's playoff system, from Westchester Country Club in New York.
Westchester club president Philip M. Halpern said Monday in a statement that the Tour ``has opted to end our current contract and move the Barclays to another venue.'' Halpern said members of the Harrison, New York, club just north of New York City wanted to host the August event and that the decision by the tour was a disappointment.
Halpern previously told The New York Times and The Journal News of White Plains, New York, that the tour wants to move the tournament to Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey, west of New York City.
A tour spokesman insisted Monday a final decision had not been made.
``I would say that no decision has been made to terminate our agreement with Westchester,'' tour spokesman Ty Votaw said, adding talks with Westchester are continuing. ``Those discussions may or may not result in a joint decision to keep The Barclays at Westchester.''
Reports that the 2008 edition would be moved to Ridgewood were ``premature,'' Votaw said.