Irene puts a damper on final round of Open

Michelle Wie walks with an umbrella during the final round of the Canadian Women’s Open at...

Michelle Wie walks with an umbrella during the final round of the Canadian Women’s Open at Hillsdale Golf & Country Club in Mirabel, Que., Aug. 28, 2011. (MARIE-CLAUDE FOREST/QMI Agency)

JON McCARTHY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:33 PM ET

MIRABEL, QUE. - Millions of people felt much stronger effects from Hurricane Irene ... but they weren't trying to golf in it.

The rain began at Hillsdale Golf and Country Club in Mirabel, Que., shortly after 11 a.m., and by the time the leaders made the turn to the back nine the weather was downright nasty.

Tournament organizers at the CN Canadian Women's Open made the right call moving up tee times on Sunday as the rain and gusting winds continued to worsen throughout the day.

After battling the conditions and claiming her second LPGA win of the year, American Brittany Linicome saw some humour in the weather.

"It's really funny," she said. "Being from Florida, I've been through one hurricane my whole life and I come to Canada and I'm in the midst of Irene."

Lincicome went as far as to question her line of work.

"There are days like this where I wish I was a professional bowler," the champion deadpanned.

Players who didn't have a trophy at their feet weren't laughing.

"I don't think I've ever played in more difficult conditions," a rain-soaked Michelle Wie said after her round.


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