Many of the players took to social media to talk about the rare conditions they were playing in or waiting to tee off in.
Snow coming down heavy again! More like Alaska than Arizona!! twitter.com/McIlroyRory/st…
— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) February 20, 2013
Snow day today! Lunch and a movie twitter.com/DJohnsonPGA/st…
— Dustin Johnson (@DJohnsonPGA) February 20, 2013
While some of the guys and their families will have fun there is business to handle. A World Golf Championship, a large payday and knowing they beat the best 63 in the world. Weather permitting, the tournament is scheduled to restart at 8:30 local time on Thursday. Tournament officials are hoping to complete round one and get into the round two match-ups on Thursday. An 8:30 am start is planned for Friday as well to finish round two and get in round three to get the event back on schedule.
Before everyone wonders why today’s round weren’t just wiped from the books like at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii to start 2013 remember this is match play. In a stroke play event the rules allow for all players to compete in the same conditions over the course of a round to ensure fair play. Hawaii was an example when the players that went out faced much worse than the guys that never teed off. Meanwhile in match play it is 1-against-1 or team-against-team so the rules were fair as each match is an independent activity, thus no need to reboot.
What will the affect be on today’s snow day? Honestly if you talk with a longer hitter not a ton unless you are a shorter hitter like Zach Johnson who just had his course lengthened before his eyes. Longer hitters just got a present from Mother Nature. It is like Christmas in Arizona in February.