Golf: Soggy Shoal Creek opens for practice ahead of U.S. Women’s Open
SHOAL CREEK, Ala. (Reuters) – Shoal Creek lastly re-opened for observe rounds on Wednesday afternoon as gamers scrambled to get in last-minute preparations for what looms as a waterlogged U.S. Ladies’s Open.
The course was closed late on Monday afternoon and remained off-limits on Tuesday because it was drenched by greater than 4 inches of rain from sub-tropical storm Alberto.
Extra rain Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning – an extra 1.62 inches – saved the course closed till 1 PM native time (1800 GMT), when gamers have been allowed to start observe rounds.
The U.S. Golf Affiliation (USGA), which runs the championship, continues to be aspiring to play with out most popular lies.
“It stays our intention to play 72 holes and play the ball because it lies,” mentioned USGA senior managing director John Bodenhamer, who expressed confidence the occasion would start on time on Thursday morning, assuming it stays dry in a single day.
The subject of whether or not most popular lies must be allowed has been a scorching one the previous two days.
Cristie Kerr, the 2007 champion, mentioned that it will be a “joke” if gamers weren’t given the prospect to wash mud from their balls.
Karrie Webb was just a little extra diplomatic.
“I’ll say that it is going to be the softest U.S. Open I’ve ever performed,” mentioned the 2000 and 2001 champion.
“I’m mentally making ready that we would play it down (no most popular lies).”
Reporting by Andrew Each, modifying by Ed Osmond