Abbey soaking it all up

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

OAKVILLE -- An ark filled with two of every animal wouldn't have looked out of place at Glen Abbey yesterday, site of this week's RBC Canadian Open.

Around 20 centimetres of rain have fallen here since the weekend and the Abbey grounds crew has had its hands full trying to keep the course somewhat dry.

Play was suspended at 12:51 p.m., yesterday after only 31 players, including the three leaders -- Mike Weir, Anthony Kim and Eric Axley -- had completed play.

The rest of the field had a five-hour, 22-minute wait before play resumed early in the evening. Then it was suspended again because of nightfall.

"I don't know how much more rain this place can take," said Aurora golfer David Morland IV, one of the players who had to wait. "I'm surprised we're even playing. There's still rivers out there going down fairways."

PREFERRED LIES

The rain also allowed the golfers to play with preferred lies. They were allowed to pick balls up that landed on wet ground and clean them off. The previous time a round was played on the PGA Tour with preferred lies was in Round 3 of the 2008 John Deere Classic. Weir praised the grounds staff for making Glen Abbey actually playable.

"I was trying to think a few years ago, we played a tournament where we played lift, clean and place, and we were having to move the ball 50, 60 yards," he said. "I only had to move my ball once today. I had to move it off casual water once and that was on No. 7. Outside of that, they did an outstanding job.

"I heard in the locker room somebody said they were here until three in the morning. I'm sure they got a couple of hours of sleep and were right back at it first thing."

By mid-afternoon, the rain was heavy, soaking the fairways and turning some of the bunkers into water hazards.


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