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Friday, March 30, 2012

Lightning Strikes Twice

Yes indeed. It happened at least once at the Shell Houston Open. I snagged this pic from a Golf Central video:

Lightning at 2012 Shell Houston Open

It was enough to stop the tournament dead in its tracks. Friday's gonna be a tough day, especially for players like Fred Couples who will be trying to play 33 holes.

The other strike happened at the LPGA's first major. Yes, Yani was at it again. She hacked it all over the place, hitting only half her fairways... and then hitting 16 of 18 greens to post a 4-under 68 and snag solo 3rd. She's one stroke behind Lindsey Wright and two strokes behind leader Amy Yang.

For us Americans, there are a few players up near the lead. Paula Creamer (with her best start of the year) and Nicole Castrale (back with a new baby) are in with the 3-unders. Vicky Hurst and Cydney Clanton joined the 2-unders, and Cristie Kerr is part of the group at 1-under. There weren't as many low scores as expected.

Cydney's performance is particularly interesting to me since she was born in Winston-Salem NC (I live about 10 minutes outside the city limits) although the Auburn Tigers site lists her hometown as Concord NC. She's a rookie on the LPGA this year and, for what it's worth, she kept up with Yani in the driving department Thursday. (Not just distance-wise. She also hit only 6 of 14 fairways.)

At any rate, the fact that Yani didn't have her best stuff in the first round and still ended up in 3rd must feel like a lightning bolt to the rest of the field. At least the guys in Houston could run for cover.

It'll be interesting to see what happens today. Remember, GC has two live 3-hour broadcasts from the Kraft Nabisco -- one at noon ET (they'll probably have pregame at 11:30) and one at 6pm ET -- and the Shell Houston Open will be shoehorned in-between them.

Wonder what kind of fireworks today's rounds will bring?


  1. Awesome photo. I remember playing on days like that when I was young, foolish and didn't live in beautiful South Florida.

  2. I've never seen lightning actually hit the ground like that. (Usually when I've seen a strike, my view of the hit was obstructed by a treeline.) That must have been terrifying.