World Golf Championships-Accenture Canceled

First Round Delayed Because of Blizzard

World Golf Championships-Accenture Canceled Game Canceled Because of Snow?

The World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship began yesterday, Wednesday, in Marana, Arizona.  Conditions were miserable.  With the wind chill factored in, the temperature was 39 degrees.  Players wore ski gloves between shots.  And, thanks to the wind, they were never quite sure where their balls would go when they became airborne.

I was watching a difficult day for everyone except Jason Day who was 5 up after 8 holes.  Then it began to rain.  It rained harder.  The rain turned to light snow.  Light snow turned into a blizzard.  Golfers didn’t know which white ball to strike.  Finally, when no one could see a foot in front of them, and the greens had turned white, officials postponed the tournament.

The continuation of the first round was scheduled to start at 10:40 a.m. ET, but play has been delayed until at least 1:30 p.m. Play will continue once the frost clears and snow finally melts. Temperatures were forecast to rise into the low 50s on Thursday.

Nine pairings never had a chance to tee off, including those with Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.

The Dove Mountain area of Arizona occasionally receives snowfall, but the blizzard surprised everyone.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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