MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — Bundled in a winter jacket in a chilly tent near the snow-covered driving range, Mark Russell was asked where the opening day of the Match Play Championship ranked among his bizarre weather experiences.
“It’s right there,” said Russell, the PGA Tour’s vice president of competition.
And Russell has been on the job for more than 30 years.
First-round play in the World Golf Championships event was suspended Wednesday when rain that came down sideways quickly gave way to snow from a winter storm that dumped close to 2 inches on Dove Mountain in about an hour. The temperature plunged to 33 degrees at the cactus-lined layout 2,800 feet above sea level.
“I’ve seen snow on the course when I was a kid, but nothing like that on any of the tours,” said top-ranked Rory McIlroy.