There will be one tough mudder

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

Showers. Clearing. Thunderstorms. Five millimetres of rain.

That's the forecast for today's final round of the CN Canadian Women's Open.

The timing of the clearing part is the key.

Rain, which sent the majority of a crowd of 14,750 home early yesterday, may come into play today.

How that might affect the attendance, which sits at 49,150 and would be a slam dunk to break the record of 61,000 with sunshine, is open to debate.

You'd figure with leader Lorena Ochoa being from Mexico, cold wet weather might be the best hope Laura Diaz and Paula Creamer might have sitting tied for second four strokes behind her.

But cold conditions were the order of the day and rain came when the leaders were on the sixth and seventh holes and Ochoa was within an inch of breaking the course record with her last putt in shooting a seven-under-par 64, don't make any bad bets.

"It's tough to play in the rain but I actually love the rain. It's been good to me. For some reason I just feel very comfortable.

"The British Open was rainy and cold, too. And conditions today, while not as cold and not as windy ... it was a long day in the rain.

"I'm never too comfortable playing with a sweater or jacket but over the last few weeks I'm getting more comfortable."

Mhairi McKay, the Scottish lass who fired a six-under 65 yesterday in the cold and wet, said she doesn't mind the forecast one bit.

"I guess I must just feel at home here," she laughed. "It seems like there's a little rain coming in and that happened at St. Andrews in the British Women's Open, too," said McKay, who shot a six-under on the final day to finish in a tie for 11th at the tournament in her nation two weeks ago.

The top Canadian, in a tie with McKay for 13th, doesn't mind the forecast, either.

"Yeah, obviously we Canadians don't get the weather that they do in the U.S. and the south," said Alena Sharp.

"When I was growing up I would play and practise in the rain because you have to know how to play in all types of weather and I think that's helped me," said the Hamilton golfer. Going to school at New Mexico State, I learned to play in really horrible winds in the spring.

"Yeah, I would say I'm a mudder. I play better when conditions are not so great."

Paraguayan Julieta Granada, who shot a five-under 66 yesterday to move into a tie for seventh, didn't exactly grow up with conditions like this.

"In Paraguay we usually have really nice days and if it rains, we don't practise, we just usually take the day off," she laughed.


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