You know I meant “Rainy”; I just can’t resist a play on words. Seriously, friend, have you seen the craziness that has enveloped women’s professional golf the last two weeks? First, the Bahamas, then Germany…those two countries have so little in common, beyond vowels. And yet, two 54-hole events were reduced to slivers of their intended resolutions.
Last week, so much rain came down on the Ocean Club golf course that tournament directors helter-skeltered their way to a 12-hole course that was played three times. Ilhee Lee shot 18-under par for a two-stroke victory over Irene Cho. The tournament received more coverage for the fishing that took place in the 18th fairway than the actual…yes, that’s correct, in the fairway. Not alongside, not near, not adjacent to, but in the 18th fairway. Yup, Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lincicome, descalzas, poles in the water, not having much luck. Here’s the links.
If 36 holes sounds like a shaving of an event, try 27 on for size. The German Open at Golfpark Gut Häusern experienced a similar deluge and found itself struggling to complete its second round. After fruitless effort, the organizers held a playoff between 1.5-round leaders Carlota Ciganda and Charley Hull. As reported by numerous sources, the sudden-victory match took place in a downpour and was resolved on the first extra hole, where Ciganda made birdie for the win. The two birds in this photo, for the record, are not Ciganda and Hull.
If something symilar (there I go again) happens on the Symetra tour in mid-June, we’ll know somethings up on the women’s tours. For now, it’s merely a coincidence.