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Desert Snow Derails Match Play



In a season that already had a day lost to 50 mph winds and another lost to fog, it shouldn’t be any surprise that two inches of snow fell Wednesday on Dove Mountain, stopping the first day of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship before any of the top seeds had pulled on their stocking caps.

For a time, it was snowing biscuit-sized flakes here in supposedly sunny southern Arizona. It made you wish you had Bode Miller to advance from the Ben Hogan bracket.

It made Zach Johnson, 6-down to Jason Day after 10 holes, wish the white stuff had arrived a couple of hours earlier. Day said it was the first time he’d played in snow and, anticipating the nasty conditions, he wore four layers of clothing.

It was that kind of day.

When the snow stopped, the cactus were covered and so was the golf course. But you could look down the hill to the valley floor and there was no snow on the ground there.

The plan is to resume the first round Thursday if the snow has melted and roll into the weekend with a forecast of sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60s.

That’s the plan, anyway.


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