Rain threatens to stall Open

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

OAKVILLE -- Glen Abbey is in perfect shape. For frog hunting.

Almost eight inches of rain have fallen on the Oakville course, site of this week's RBC Canadian Open, since Sunday.

The opening rounds of the Open are scheduled to begin this morning, but a decision on whether that will be delayed will be made at the last possible moment.

"The golf course is pretty wet, unfortunately, and this is really going to make it even worse now," said Canadian Stephen Ames after being forced to leave the Pro-Am after 13 holes because of the rain yesterday.

"The greens staff have a lot of work to do to get this ready for (today)," Ames said. "Hopefully, they'll be able to do it if it stops (raining) sometime. If this continues, I don't think we'll be playing (today) at 7:30 a.m., that's for sure, because the golf course will still be under water."

The relentless rain, along with thunder and lightning yesterday, have put course superintendent Scott Bowman and his staff under the gun. Without a doubt, the greens and fairways are going to be soft this week and the rough is going to be very high and thick. Sixteen Mile Creek, which runs through the course, was overflowing its banks at many points yesterday.

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"If you miss the fairway, you're going to get penalized hard because the rough is very thick. I know they haven't been able to cut it for a couple of days, and by the looks of things, they probably won't cut if for the rest of the week," Ames said. "So I think overall the guy who puts the ball in play and puts it on the green and makes the putts is going to be the one who wins at the end of the week."

Bowman said the rough was about four inches high last Thursday and eight inches by Tuesday.

Still, the top PGA golfers here -- including two-time defending Canadian Open champ Jim Furyk, Ames, Mike Weir and Anthony Kim, who played under extreme conditions at the British Open last week -- shouldn't be overwhelmed by the wet conditions at Glen Abbey.

For Furyk, attempting to defend a title on a different course for the second straight year is an odd experience. Last year he won the Canadian Open at Angus Glen, the year before at Hamilton.

But he believes the Open should be moved around.

"You have so many great, wonderful golf courses throughout this country, and for this tournament to thrive and get back to the position it was 30 and 40 years ago, it's got to be moved around to the best golf courses in your country."

Weir to skip WGC date

Mike Weir is so committed to playing the Canadian Open that he has decided to forego the guaranteed money of a world golf championship event to do it.

The lefty from Bright's Grove, Ont., has decided to skip next week's WGC Bridgestone Invitational in order to get some rest during the busiest part of the PGA Tour's schedule.


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