Match Play: Tucson tournament delivers good theater despite big freeze

2013-02-24T20:43:00Z Match Play: Tucson tournament delivers good theater despite big freezeGreg Hansen Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 24, 2013 8:43 pm  • 

One of the national golf magazines recently wrote Tucson was a destination of such dimension that you could play golf here 300 days a year.

That’s a riotously low estimation, of course. You can play golf here about 355 days a year, sometimes as many as 360, and on the rare day that it snows or a menacing wind makes it feel like you’re in Big Piney, Wyo., you just sip your cocoa and re-tee 24 hours later.

So what were the odds that the seventh WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain would be Big Piney times two, on Wednesday and again on Sunday?

My lasting memory from Match Play VII will forever be walking into the media center Thursday to find that front-desk volunteer Connie Sherman had updated the PGA Tour’s schedule that originally called for an 8 a.m. start.

Connie crossed out 8 a.m. and entered 8:30. She later put a line through 8:30 and penciled in 9:30. And then she smudged out 9:30 and put 11. Finally, she crossed out 11 and wrote 1 p.m.

It was the Murphy’s Law of golf tournaments; on Sunday morning, a pack rat, or something similarly dreadful, got into Trico Electric Company’s substation and gnawed a power line for breakfast.

Read more in Monday's Arizona Daily Star.

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