For the fourth consecutive day, storms brought the RBC Canadian Open to a halt as the third round progressed, forcing a Monday finish that begins at 7:30 a.m. at Glen Abbey in the hopes of completing 72 holes.
Jason Dufner, who was one-under through six holes on Sunday, continues to lead the Open at 14-under, with a one-shot lead over Anthony Kim and Jerry Kelly and a two-shot margin over Michael Letzig, Retief Goosen, Bob Estes, Peter Tomasulo and Scott Verplank.
Before ending his third round on the 11th hole, Canadian Mike Weir had a hole-in-one on the 200-yard, par three, fourth hole using a four iron, but was called in to review video with rules officials after an incident that took place on the 18th hole the previous day.
The ball moved forward while at rest before his second shot in the fairway and the ruling at the time was that Weir, who had called a rules official to assess the original situation, would take a one-stroke penalty and that video would be reviewed.
It was later determined that there was no evidence that Weir had caused the ball to move and the penalty was removed. That changed on Sunday when Weir came off the course yesterday and reviewed the tape again with rules officials and agreed that he should be assessed the penalty.
“It’s just such as uncertain situation, and Mike looked at it. We thought, or Mike thought, that certainly a penalty would be applicable in that case,” said Dean Ryan, rules chair for the Royal Canadian Golf Association.
“It was something we felt like we needed to have Mike review again,” added PGA Tour official Steve Carman.
Weir avoided disqualification because when he signed his scorecard on Saturday, it was correct after the original situation was assessed by rules officials.
Weir said he was surprised that it had come up again, feeling the issue had been settled the previous day.
“It’s such a gray area,” said Weir. “What we came to yesterday was two things. The first was addressing the ball. Addressing the ball is the weight of the club touching the ground which, with my routine, I felt like I don’t do that. The weight of my club is in my arms.
“The second thing is could I have caused it to move in any other way? I didn’t know. I didn’t think I did. I didn’t think I did, but technically, maybe I brushed the grass. Some other way, I may have caused it to move in my back swing,” he added.
“So, I said with that gray area and knowing that there is a possibility, even though I don’t think I did, there is a possibility that I could have caused it to move. I felt like, you know, I should be penalized a shot,” he said.
That penalty could conceivably be a factor as Weir hopes to make a charge over his last 25 holes of this rain-soaked Open. On Sunday night, he was tied for 15th at nine-under and was scheduled to resume today on the 12th hole.
He is scheduled to start the fourth round at 9:43 a.m. on the first tee.