The first round of the 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play will resume early Thursday morning, or attempt to resume early in the morning in Marana, Ariz. The opening round was suspended shortly after 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday without one of the 32 first-round matches finishing, as players were sent home two hours later at a snow covered Dove Mountain. Mark Russell of the PGA Tour said they would restart the first round at 8:30 a.m. local time, or 10:30 a.m. ET on Thursday.
UPDATE: The start time has been delayed an additional 30 minutes, pushing the start time to 2:00 p.m. ET.
UPDATE: The start time has been delayed an additional hour, pushing the start time to 1:30 p.m. ET.
UPDATE: The start time has been delayed two hours, pushing the start time to 12:30 p.m. ET.
Those plans to resume early in the morning may have hit a snag late Wednesday night as the 64 players were sitting around waiting for the snow to melt away. As Ryan Lavner, Rex Hoggard, and others on scene in the Tucson area tweeted, the blanket of snow had largely dissipated and the greens were once again visible:
But just as things were thawing out and play looked possible on Thursday morning, another burst of snow hammered the area again. The players in Tucson immediately started tweeting and sending out pictures of the newest squall that looked like it would disrupt plans for a second time. Some of the Wednesday evening player reactions, pictures, and grim predictions for starting on time Thursday:
Snowing here in AZ again.830 restart not looking good. instagr.am/p/V-KhcSsi6N/— Keegan Bradley (@Keegan_Bradley) February 20, 2013
See you at 830am tmrw. twitter.com/JasonDufner/st…— Jason Dufner (@JasonDufner) February 21, 2013
Snow coming down heavy again! More like Alaska than Arizona!! twitter.com/McIlroyRory/st…— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) February 20, 2013
The AP's Doug Ferguson also tweeted around 10 p.m. local time that it was still snowing where he was located. With temperatures not expected to melt that accumulation away in time, it's highly unlikely the first round of matches resumes by 8:30 local (10:30 a.m. ET).
With those caveats in mind, here's the tentative list of tee times for the remaining matches that still have to go off the first tee at Dove Mountain. While play will resume at 10:30 a.m. ET, the first tee time will not go off until 10:40 a.m., as the match between Webb Simpson and David Lynn is still camped out in the first fairway with another group still up on the green.
All times ET:
10:40 a.m. -- Peter Hanson vs. Thomas Bjorn
10:50 a.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen vs. Richie Ramsay
11:00 a.m. -- Branden Grace vs. Robert Garrigus
11:10 a.m. -- Luke Donald vs. Marcel Siem
11:20 a.m. -- Paul Lawrie vs. Scott Piercey
11:30 a.m. -- Rory McIlroy vs. Shane Lowry
11:40 a.m. -- Rickie Fowler vs. Carl Pettersson
11:50 a.m. -- Tiger Woods vs. Charles Howell III
12:00 p.m. -- G. Fernandez-Castano vs. Francesco Molinari
Obviously, there are still some heavy hitters and superstars who have yet to hit a shot. All four No. 1 seeds have not started their matches, including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
The first match of the tournament, Sergio Garcia vs. Thongchai Jaidee, is on the 16th green with the No. 3 Spaniard set to close things out. Bo Van Pelt, Matt Kuchar, and Jason Day are three others who are close to finishing off their opponents and appear to be near locks for the second round.
But with the snow cover still in the area, it's unlikely things start as early as Russell and the PGA Tour have planned. The Tour has been affected by bad weather throughout the first two months of the season, which has included a 54-hole Tuesday finish season opener on Maui and a late Monday finish at Torrey Pines.
With several matches close to wrapping up, but nine still yet to start, it's likely the Tour wraps the start of the second round right on the heels of the end of the first round. Most of these matches were sent off in pods, so a winner is most often playing the winner of a match one group ahead or behind him on the course.
Tour officials likely won't take much of a break and get those players, such as Garcia and Kuchar, back out on the course shortly after the Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano vs. Francesco Molinari goes off as the last match of the first round. When exactly those second round tee times begin is up to mother nature and the grounds crew at Dove Mountain.
Golf Channel continues to adapt their scheduled coverage on the fly as well. They announced that they will come on the air at 12:30 p.m. ET and broadcast until golf is done for the day, which will be darkness in Arizona. That should take the broadcast well past the original end time of 6 p.m. ET. Now, they'll likely be on the air until 8:30 p.m. ET.
The weather was supposed to clear after Wednesday's storm, but the morning temperature will still be the biggest issue. When that snow melts away, the next few days will feature sun-up to sun-down golf as the field gets cut down from 64.
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