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Friday, August 26, 2011

Must Be the Water, Eh?

Michelle Wie suddenly discovered she could play golf! After months of struggle (during which, granted, the ladies haven't had the most regular schedule), Wie returned to the site of her last win, the CN Canadian Women's Open, and promptly posted a bogey-free 67 (-5). That puts her in a tie for fourth after the first round.

The leaders? Ai Miyazato posted a bogey-free 65 (-7) and Pernilla Lindberg (who has 5 missed cuts and a DQ out of 8 starts) got her 65 with a single bogey. Coming in at third is Samantha Richdale, currently the low Canadian with a 66. Four other players are tied with Wie.

It's a bit wet at the courseBut Paula Creamer, part of a large pack tied for ninth at -4, probably best identified the reason for the low scores when she said, "It doesn't take a lot of brains to throw it at the pin." (Not an exact quote, but pretty close.) Yes, the CN has had quite a bit of rain lately and the ladies are hoping the course dries out a bit.

The same could be said of the first round at The Barclays. Rainfall at Plainfield Country Club is being measured with yardsticks. After being inundated with several inches of rain before the tournament ever started, more rain caused a 3+ hour delay that prevented the first round from being finished. And as we all know, Hurricane Irene intends to disrupt both The Barclays this week and Deutsche Bank in Boston next week. No one's even sure how this week will finish out yet. It might end up shortened... or it might run until Tuesday. The Tour intends to make a tentative announcement Friday afternoon once they know more about Irene's impending landfall.

In the meantime, Harrison Frazer sits on top with a 64 (-7), although both Matt Kuchar and William McGirt (yes, the bubble boy at 125!) are also there but with more holes to play. Vijay Singh and Jonathan Byrd -- two players who have struggled somewhat this year -- are one behind, along with Chris Stroud who's also still on the course.

Not even the amateurs are safe. Erin Hills in Wisconsin, the site of this year's U.S. Amateur and the 2017 U.S. Open, got hammered by a thunderstorm Tuesday. As Dave Shedloski noted in a USGA news article, "Mother Nature clearly isn’t much of a golf fan."

The Nationwide event in Tennessee (the News Sentinel Open) and the Champions Tour event in Washington (the Boeing Classic) appear as yet to be untouched. But old Mama Nature's still got plenty of time to show them her distaste for the game. Too bad we can't play a large number of golf tournaments in Texas this week... they probably need the rain more than anybody.

The photo came from this website for the Pines Golf Course in Bainbridge GA.

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