Well today was the day the top 64 players in the world were going to go head-to-head in a pure example of the game of golf, match play.
I broke down the Accenture Match Play Championship yesterday. Mother Nature had other plans and play was delayed due to inclement weather. Not high wind, not driving rain, not even lightening. Nope it was snow. The Dove Mountain course in Marana, Arizona, just outside Tucson saw snow. While not the first time, it is rare. There have been snow cancellations six times over the last 40 years.
Once the weather got bad and there was accumulation of ice and snow on the greens the tournament became unplayable. Unofficial estimations are between one and two inches of snow falling on the Accenture venue. It is unseasonably cold but there were quite a few matches being played before it was called leaving only 11 pairings without a tee pegged into the ground.
Here are a few shots of the weather at the Accenture Match Play Championship on Wednesdays first round.
Many matches were in play at the time play was halted. Some notable leaders are Poulter 3UP thru 12 over Gallacher, Kutchar 3UP thru 14 over Fujita, Rose 2UP thru 9 over Choi, Sterne 3Up thru 10 over Dufner and Day 6UP thru 10 over Zach Johnson. It appears in the conditions the longer hitters added to their advantage. Day was attempting to explain the situation in his match with Zach Johnson.
“I had the firepower to cover some bunkers where he couldn’t, so the course was actually playing longer for him,” Day said. “I think if it’s softer tomorrow, it’s going to play just as long or even longer for him.”
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