LPGA.com counts down to the end of 2013 with the LPGA Tour's 13 top stories of the year. Join us as we look back at the year's most memorable milestones. Read about Mother Nature in Story No. 6.
Mother Nature Has Her Way
It became a running theme in 2013 that if you needed rain in your town, hope the LPGA Tour will be making a stop. Three major championships were either shortened, delayed or had multiple rounds played in one day while the inaugural Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic ended up playing an altered course of only 12 holes due to a historic rainfall on Paradise Island.
The first round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship was pushed back to Friday when Locust Hill was hammered with 2 ½ inches of rain in a 24-hour span. Players battled wet conditions all week as the rain continued to sprinkle throughout the tournament and closed out the week with a 36-hole final day on Sunday.
And then came the wind. The RICOH Women’s British Open was hit during Saturday’s play with wind gusts of 40 mph, making conditions unplayable. The third round was suspended with only nine players finishing their rounds on Saturday and with nine groups still needing to tee off.
Mother Nature’s most memorable appearances in 2013 came at two inaugural events, the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic and The Evian Championship, which was making its debut as a major this year.
Locals in Nassau called the storm that hit the Atlantis Resort in May the worst storm in the last 20 years. Nearly a foot of rain fell on the Ocean Club golf course between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Tuesday of tournament week and forced officials to shorten the event to 54 holes in addition to shortening the course layout. Holes needed to be eliminated from play due to a significant amount of standing water and only 12 were deemed playable due to the torrential rain.Four inches of rain fell on the newly renovated Evian Resort Golf Club since the Saturday before the Tour arrived in France for the inaugural Evian Championship. More rain during Thursday’s first round called for a suspension of play and forced tournament officials to plan for a 54-hole finish. Poor forecasts called for more rain on Sunday and urged the grounds crew and officials to get innovative. Thanks to some forward thinking of tournament officials to put tarps on all of the greens at the Evian Resort Golf Club after play on Saturday, overnight rain showers only forced a 90-minute delay for the start of the final round.
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