Weather wreaks havoc on Canadian Open

Jerry Kelly drives during Round 2 of the RBC Canadian Open in Oakville on July 24th, 2009. (Dave...

Jerry Kelly drives during Round 2 of the RBC Canadian Open in Oakville on July 24th, 2009. (Dave Abel/Sun Media)

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:51 AM ET

OAKVILLE -- As Scott McCarron and his group lined up to putt on the 16th hole last night at Glen Abbey, an RBC Canadian Open official came running down the hill, shouting for them to stop.

The players had been on the course for only 27 minutes after nearly a three-hour weather delay earlier in the day. But another thunder storm was moving into the area and PGA Tour officials wanted the players off the course and in the clubhouse.

But at that moment, the frustration boiled over for the hearty fans who had stuck around at water-soaked Glen Abbey -- and for some of the players. The fans began to boo at the official, as did McCarron.

But a few minutes later, a short but ferocious storm moved in and that was that. And when all was said and done, it was a former high school hockey star, Jerry Kelly, who held a one-stroke lead over a group of four.

Kelly fired an opening-round 65 and answered that yesterday by going four-under through 15 holes to sit at 11 under overall.

Kelly was an all-city hockey selection in high school while playing for Madison East in Wisconsin.

The 42-year-old Tour veteran has two PGA victories coming into this season and had recorded the third of his career in April when he won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He also finished third last weekend at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.

So, he seems poised to do good things here, and opened the second round yesterday with a pair of birdies and finished with five on the day. On the par-5 13th, Kelly hit his third shot from 91 yards on the fairway to within one foot of the hole for the bird.

After the first weather suspension, he shot a bogey-5 on the 14th and then finished the day with a birdie on the par-3 15th.

NO CHANCE

Half the field didn't even get a chance to swing a club yesterday, including Canadian favourite Mike Weir, who shot a one-under 71 after the first round and was scheduled to tee off in the second round yesterday at 5:20 p.m., before the first of the two storms hit.

Early second-round play was suspended at 4:06 p.m. because of a lightning storm, followed by heavy rain -- and play didn't resume until 7 p.m., after workers did what they could to re-groom the course.

Less than a half hour later, the second storm moved in and it was all over.

"It's been a tough week. But everyone is in the same boat," said Aussie Nathan Green, who finished the day tied for second with Martin Laird, Tim Herron and Camilo Villegas at 10-under.

"There is not much you can do about it, but the course is still holding up pretty well. It's not too wet and the greens are still fine, so hopefully we'll get a bit of a break (with the weather tomorrow)."

"It's tough to get on a roll," he added. "And it's tough to get some momentum going."

Play also was suspended on Thursday for 71/2 hours, causing the first round to be extended into the second day yesterday.

Unfortunately for the hard-luck tournament organizers, the weatherman is calling for an 80% chance of more heavy showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.

Calgary's Stephen Ames shot a first-round 68 and was three-under through 15 yesterday to sit tied for ninth overall at eight under.

Last year's winner, Chez Reavie, posted a one-over 73 in the first round and was scheduled to tee off at 5:40 p.m., yesterday, but also failed to get on the course.

STEVE.BUFFERY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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