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Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona suspended because of…snow? (vid)


(Photo: Ross Franklin, AP)

When one typically thinks of any golf excursion in Arizona, one’s thoughts typically turn to cacti, sand and the warming, welcome heat of the desert sun. That hasn’t been the case thus far at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. as play was halted on Wednesday due to snow.

While snow during the winter in Arizona is not an unheard of phenomenon, the sheer amount and heavy nature of the snowfall that has been coming down certainly merits some modicum of surprise, as evidenced by the video from Golf Channel’s coverage:

A horrible weather day all around, the early morning conditions reportedly cold, windy and rainy. The rain gradually turned to snow and play was halted after the wintry conditions caused the course to become unplayable.

According to a USA Today report, Wednesday’s suspension of play is the second time in the past three years that snowy weather has caused a delay at the Dove Mountain course during the Accenture Match Play Championship. In 2011, it snowed the night before the championship match between Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald, causing a short delay before the match.