What to do when it's too wet

KEN FIDLIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

OAKVILLE -- Whether you're playing a two-dollar game with your sand-bagging buddies or competing in the Canadian Open, nothing ruins a good day of golf like a rain delay.

And if you're out with your friends and the skies open up, you can just bag the rest of the round. In the Canadian Open? Not so much.

"You just find a good chair and sit back," said Retief Goosen, who looks and acts like a guy who doesn't have to be pushed too hard to kick back and relax.

And that's what he did yesterday for about seven and a half hours, between his last putt on the 12th green and his booming tee shot on 13.

"Thirteen hours from tee-off to finish," said Goosen. "It's been a long day. I've been up since 4:30 (a.m.), with jet lag."

He survived none the worse for wear, with a round of seven-under-par 65, his re-start energized by an eagle at the 13th.

In contrast to Goosen, Mike Weir didn't fare so well. At one point after the rain delay, he caught lightning in a bottle for a few holes and sat at four-under-par with seven holes remaining. Unfortunately, he couldn't bring it home, cursed by three bogeys in his final seven holes to finish with a 71.

"It was kind of like the U.S. Open: Hard to get any rhythm out there," Weir said.

"It was tricky, not what we wanted for this event. It's playing soft and it's kind of a dart show and that's too bad because the course was in really peak condition (before the rains)."

Weir found it a bit taxing to fill the hours between shots.

"I had a tough time finding my rhythm for some reason," he said. "Maybe it was all the waiting around, getting warmed up, then pushed back another hour. We're creatures of habit a lot of the time, so maybe that was part of it."

Like Goosen, Scott Verplank seems a laid-back kind of guy who lets the day come to him rather than the other way around.

"Obviously, the seven-and-a-half hours, you don't have your mind on golf," he said.

"You try not to. You just sit around, go to the (fitness) trailer a couple of times, stretch. I saw a lot of guys working out. I ate two or three meals, which everybody did.

"If you play out here long enough, you're going to have some days like this so you figure out what to do and just go with it."

What do you do with a bunch of lemons? Why, you make lemonade.

"You know, I felt a little shaky with the putter (in the morning) on the first three holes where I had decent looks at birdie," Verplank said. "Then I got two or three hours of putting on the putting green and kind of got it worked out."

CAUGHT FIRE

Joe Durant also caught fire after the break and his 65 included a hole-in-one at the seventh, 147 yards over a pond.

"It's been a long time since I made one," he said. "Gosh, six or seven years ago probably. I was a little stunned. I hit a good shot. It was going to be close, but for it to go in involves a little luck, too."

At least guys such as Weir and Goosen and Durant got a chance to play yesterday. Pity the one-third of the field that didn't even get to hit a shot that counted. As long as the rains stay away today, many of them will get their fill today, playing perhaps as many as 36 holes.

It's all about luck.

"I'll probably not tee off until 6:30 (tonight)," Weir said. "If it's a good day, those guys will have a nice advantage."

And that's what it all comes down to, doesn't it? Turning a lousy break into an opportunity.


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