I’d say that golf gets rained out under similar conditions to baseball. Think about it, you’ve got this little white ball sitting on the ground during this rain. Under very rainy conditions, the damn thing is probably completely submerged, making a skilled shot nearly impossible.
Also, since the participants are so spread out, time wise, a player who started early in the day may have had decent conditions, and the players later in the day, hideous conditions. There are still differences in the conditions based on when you tee off, but it’s not usually THAT bad.
Rain also plays havoc with the greens, again, a little white ball, now rolling along the ground during a rainstorm.
[hijack]I recall the Ryder Cup several years back, when they played in Rochester, NY. There was a rainy day, and they played on. The greens were getting very saturated, so the grounds crew would have to use a roller squeege to dry off whatever part of the green was being putted over before each shot.
At one point, a member of the European team was lining up for a shot, and asked for the ground between his ball and the cup to be squeeged. The American players became very animated when the crew didn’t squeege behind the green, since that would have given the opponent almost a backboard to shoot against. The ball would have stopped immediately after rolling past the hole. [/hijack]
The safest thing to do on the course during a thunderstorm is to hold a 1-Iron over your head.
Because even God can’t hit a 1-Iron!