Date: 30th May - 2nd June
I arrived back home from Amsterdam at 10pm for a quick repack ready to leave for Munich the next morning. The rumours about the weather in Germany were not at all good, so I threw in a couple of extra layers!
We'd been informed that parts of the course were closed, so after being dropped off at the hotel by our private Audi shuttle we ended up snoozing for the rest of the afternoon to recharge the batteries.
Tuesday morning was glorious, bright blue skies and sunshine! We knew this was the last of the good weather this week, so we made the most of it. The 7th hole was still closed and there were a lot of soggy patches but despite this the course and the greens were in great shape. The par 3 course was open too, so I got in some quality pitching practice.
Sadly, the forecast was right and Wednesday was cold and wet. The Pro- Am went ahead but a lot of the holes were turned into Par 3's. I did what I could to practice, but it was a bit of a waste of time. So I spent most of the morning in Gene's Tour Van drinking hot chocolate and getting my lie's and lofts checked!
Round 1 got under way on Thursday, there was still a lot of casual water on the course, but it was playable. I teed off 10, starting with a solid par. I felt good and was really enjoying the moment. I was striking my irons beautifully, hitting it close all day. Could I buy a putt? It would seem not! I got to the half way stage 4 over par! I couldn't understand it, my game felt good. I was determined not to let my score deter me. It wasn't until the 7th (my 16th) where I finally chipped in for birdie. "Yes, come on!" I said. I got onto the Par 3 8th tee, flushed my 7iron to 14ft and rolled in my first putt of the day. Now that's more like it. One more I thought. My last hole; I played it well, hit 4iron to 18ft and just missed out for my 3rd consecutive birdie. I was pleased to have fought back to a respectable score but if only a couple of those putts had dropped, it would have been a different story. I told myself that the putts would drop tomorrow. So I thought....
Friday was a complete wash out. It had rained all through the night and showed no signs of stopping. Half the course was under water and play was cancelled for the day. Having waited for most the morning for the announcements, Al, Hannah, Mallory's family and myself decided we should go to see the Concentration Camp. A truly moving and shocking experience, but we felt we had to see it.
I woke up the following morning, only to receive a message saying that the cut had been reduced to 18 holes. I was devastated. Missed by 2 and no chance to play my way into the top 60. Unfortunately the rain was still lashing down and they didn't feel they could get the whole field round the course again. The decision was made that they would try to play 9 holes. At end of play, Charley Hull and Carlota Ciganda shared the lead.
The rain continued and on Sunday morning, the organisers announced that play was cancelled due to 90% of the course being under water. However, they still needed to determine a winner. So a play-off took place on the par 3 15th.
It was so sad to have such a great tournament ruined by mother nature but hopefully this won't happen too often. I can't remember the last time I've wanted to come home early to better weather! The worlds gone mad ;)