Match Play: Seen & heard at Dove Mountain

2013-02-22T00:00:00Z Match Play: Seen & heard at Dove MountainDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Austin's day

As he walked out of the Golf Club at Dove Mountain, 8-year-old Austin Dillon looked at his dad, John, and said what every dad wants to hear.

"This was the best day ever!" Austin loudly told his dad.

For a youngster who loves golf, it was hard to top Thursday. It was Austin's third trip to the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, and he plays golf weekly with his dad and grandpa, Don Jones.

"Sometimes I play, sometimes I don't," Dillon said.

"Sometimes I just caddie, sometimes I don't. I do whatever they need."

And when he does play, what's his favorite club?

"The big dog," Dillon said smiling about his driver.

Austin, who attends La Paloma Academy, left Match Play with a new black hat and a ball with a WGC logo on it.

He said his favorite player at Match Play was - surprise, surprise - Tiger Woods. His second favorite player is Phil Mickelson, who skipped the event.

When we asked him if he was disappointed Mickelson isn't in Southern Arizona, Austin got annoyed with us.

"That's just mean," he said.

Big number

2

Matches not completed Thursday that will have to be resumed today.

Bubba's time in the snow

Bubba Watson's son, Caleb, saw his first ever snowfall Wednesday and Watson made sure it was a good time.

After getting in a snowball fight with Rickie Fowler at the course before play was suspended, Watson built a snowman back at his hotel for Caleb to see.

"I (built it) because my little one, first time he's seen snow," Watson said.

It capped a wild day for the 2012 Masters champion, who had his match suspended and then had to restart Thursday.

"It was crazy and it showed in our match," Watson said. "We didn't make a birdie. We gave some holes here and there because of cold weather, your hands, you feel everything.

"And then today I made an eagle and four birdies and he made four birdies."

Quotable

"What's the batting order today?"

Tiger Woods asking a rules official on the first hole who tees off first.

Best bags

American Keegan Bradley didn't make it out of the first round, losing to Australia's Marcus Fraser, but he still wins our "best bag" award.

Bradley, a graduate of St. John's represents the Red Storm well with a giant SJ logo on his white golf bag. He proudly showed it off recently on Twitter.

The logo, the traditional one with the interlocking SJ is displayed on his bag under his name and above the name of one of his sponsors, NetJets.

The runner-up for best bag is Sergio Garcia, who advanced to the second round with a 20-hole win over Thongchai Jaidee.

Garcia's is a bit louder than Bradley's. Sponsored by TaylorMade, Garcia's bag is bright yellow with large black stripes going down it. He'll hope it brings him good luck today when he faces Matt Kuchar in the second round.

Best addition to a golf bag goes to former Fresno State Bulldog Nick Watney. Watney has a Bulldog sticker at the bottom of his bag that's visible every time his caddie carries his bag.

Tweet of the day

"Happy B'Day to my little man Leo. 4 today. That win was you buddy." -Justin Rose, wishing his son a happy birthday after beating K.J. Choi 2 and 1.

Another quotable

"As a golfer, you wouldn't rather be anywhere else. You just kind of watch a movie and get ready for your match."

Watney on how he passes time during delays

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