Rain and golf do not mix

Published 4:12 pm Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Rain can either make sports really, really great, or totally derail an event.

In the case of football, a little shower gives the game a whole new challenge to overcome. Some teams use it to their advantage, while other teams slip in the soggy field or lose its grip on the ball.

In the case of golf, though, rain only makes the game more of a pain.

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Such was the case Sunday evening at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio. Rain delays pushed the tournament’s television slot on CBS back far enough for viewers to not even see the finale. The last delay happened right before 7 p.m., when the broadcast was set to end. The players weren’t wrapped up yet, and the announcers reluctantly had to sign off before they were finished.

I was really disappointed, too, because I was enjoying the pairing of Rickie Fowler and Jason Dufner. Toward the end of the broadcast, Dufner started breaking away, but Fowler was keeping it in close range. Ultimately, Duf won off screen, and Fowler finished T2.

It was comedic watching Duf sink putts, then proceed to look around with his classic face that seemed to say, “I have no clue what’s going on.” Don’t forget the detail of his bottom lip poking out from all the snuff packed in there.

I would have loved to see the finale, but Mother Nature had other plans.

Watching golf in the rain is only a minor struggle, though, compared to playing it in the rain. Your glove gets soggy. Your hat, which is the only shield for the rain trying to get in your eyes, weighs heavy on your head. The club doesn’t sit in your hands right and is liable to twist in the most inconvenient moments.

Yeah, I don’t play golf in the rain. Which makes me respect the guys who can. All the players from this past weekend who braved through the rainy Sunday in Dublin get my tip of the hat.