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Friday, June 7, 2013

A 36-Hole Final

At least, that's the current plan for the Wegmans LPGA Championship -- round one today, round two tomorrow, a marathon on Sunday. Does this look familiar?

wet fairways

Or maybe this?



Thursday's round never even got started. GC showed 2 fans -- yes, TWO FANS -- who hung around the course to watch a couple of determined players splash balls around the range.

One thing that's always a subject of discussion is how players deal with rain delays. Several of the players did media time (hey, they couldn't play anyway) and Stacy Lewis had an interesting take on the whole subject:
Q.  Plans for the rest of the day?
STACY LEWIS:  I will probably go to the gym and get some lunch and maybe a movie later.  It's kind of nice.  You know, we don't usually get days off, a full day off at least.  So it's nice hopefully that we'll be able to get out of here and rest, because it does take it out of you when you do have to sit at the golf course all day.
Paige MacKenzie had a similar response:
Q.  So you have the rest of the day to relax, but the forecast doesn't exactly look great for the rest of the week.  Just kind of -- what will it take mentally to survive this week of delays and then potential marathon days after that?
PAIGE MACKENZIE:  No, that's a good question, because most of us are in our fourth week in a row, and it was going to be kind of a week of survival anyway.  I remember talking to friends and family at home saying you can't even talk about when I'm coming home because I really, really need to focus on the next four days, because I don't even want to hear about what my dog is doing at home at all because I really am tired.  I'm worn down and I want to go home, but I need to focus and stay in the present on what I'm doing here.
So on top of that, now we're going to be dealing with this kind of weather and potentially long days.  You're right, it's going to be a real drain mentally to stay focused.
See? Even pro golfers want more days off. They're just like you and me! (Out of fairness to Stacy and Paige, I should note that this is actually the 7th tournament the tour has played in as many weeks. They have next week off, then two more tournaments... and the 2nd one is the US Women's Open. That IS a pretty stiff schedule.)

Ironically, the weather may not get a lot better this weekend. They expect more rain today, then some wind comes up Saturday and Sunday. Add all that thick wet rough into the equation and this is going to be one tough major to win.

The photos came from this suspension notice and this interview page at LPGA.com.

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