Day 1 of the WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship got off to a bright start seeing some sizeable leads occur in the opening few holes which saw Jason Day 6 up after 10 against Zach Johnson and last years winner Hunter Mahan go 4 up through 9 against Matteo Manessero. This exciting opening day was haulted by extreme weather as play was abandoned because of snow.
Eventhough play will resume today, some of the golfers took the opportunity to explore the wonders of the snow. Ian Poulter on the overhand was not so impressed by the snow, he mentioned how he hasn’t seen snow in several years and doesnt plan to start enjoying it now, “It’s 20 minutes and you’re just desperate to get off the golf course to be quite frank,” Poulter said. “Your hands are actually losing all color. They’re pretty much going white as the snow starts to come down, and you’re desperate to get off the course.”
As snowballs replaced golf balls, a three foot snowman was built in and amongst the Sonoran desert (as shown in picture). Some players didnt even start their matches as snow covered the course in all directions. Big playes like Rory Mcilroy and Tiger Woods are yet to tee off and are eager to do so after some players have not even carded a birdy in their opening matches. Masters winner Bubba Watson is all square after 6 holes against the englishman Chris Wood, the have combined for four bogeys, one double bogey and no birdies. The youngester and my personal one to watch, Thorjborn Olesen, may be 3 up against Jamie Donaldson but the play has been scrappy at times as they have both combined for seven bogeys and no birdies, luckily for the Danish star, Donaldson has carded five of those bogeys and picked up a penalty shot on his first tee shot.
Play will hopefully resume as normal today.