Luke Donald offers a helping hand

OAKVILLE, Ontario – Luke Donald wants to tee it up so badly Thursday at the RBC Canadian Open that he volunteered to squeegee a green.

“Do you need us to get out there and help with a squeegee?” he asked a PGA Tour official, with a smile.

Play was suspended at 8:38 a.m. when heavy downpours hit Glen Abbey Golf Club. The rain stopped around 1 p.m., and they are hoping to have the course ready to start play again at 4:10 p.m.

With the threat of inclement weather looming, the lift, clean and place/preferred lies rule was put into effect prior to the start of the round. That rule was in effect in all four rounds of last year’s Canadian Open, making it one of just two events in 2008 to do so (the other was the AT&T Classic outside Atlanta).

The 2009 RBC Canadian Open is the fifth event of the season to be played with preferred lies.

Meanwhile, players are killing time on the driving range and practice putting green. Scott McCarron traded his long putter for Joe Ogilvie’s short stick. The smart move of the day goes to Trevor Immelman, who told his caddie to go get more balls before they run out and likely have to pick the range by hand due to the wet conditions. Players who have afternoon tee times have been calling in to find out if they will need to show up at all today.

Don’t bet on it. The word is another rain cell is expected.

“Bet you a loonie we don’t play today,” said Scott Piercy’s bagman to his fellow caddies, referring the Canadian dollar coin.

There were no takers. “See you at 8 a.m. tomorrow,” one answered as he walked off to find another way to whittle away the afternoon.

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