A Soggy Sight – Rain Delays the 100th Canadian Open
Rubber boots, birds bathing in puddles and grounds crew armed with a variety of green maintenance equipment were all common sights this weekend at the 100th Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario.
An ominous gathering of clouds appeared in the sky on Sunday morning as play was called not long after forcing most players to retreat to the clubhouse before they could even finish their third round. The relentless rain that has plagued Glen Abbey this past weekend has made this tournament the first one to end on a Monday since 1988.
However, in true Canadian form, Mike Weir and tournament director, Steve Carman, could not help, but poke fun at the tournament’s bout of misfortune.
Mike Weir joked about the playing conditions commenting that, “…instead of reading the grain, you got to read the current…”
And when asked which holes were the ‘problem holes’ Carman went to list most of the holes with a wry smile saying: “You would probably be better off asking which weren’t the problem holes.”
Nevertheless, despite the waterlogged course and threatening weather reports the tournament still offered plays for the fans to cheer for. Some highlights included: Mike Weir’s first-ever on tour ace, nine straight birdies hit by Calcavecchia and an incredible 7 holes-in-one throughout the tournament!
As I check in with tsn.ca, it seems that the weather is beginning to cooperate in Oakville and tied for the top spot are Retief Goosen, from South Africa, and, Aussie, Nathan Green. Mike Weir is 5 shots from the lead and Stephen Ames is 7 shots away.
Let’s just hope the rain gods smile benevolently on the tournament today and allow the 100th Canadian Open to close before Tuesday!