Match Play: Seen & heard at Dove Mountain

2013-02-21T00:00:00Z Match Play: Seen & heard at Dove MountainPatrick Finley and Daniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Shorts

Spectator Tim Wood woke up Wednesday morning and put on shorts.

He told us that while he was standing in a snowstorm at 11:15 a.m. at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Yes, he knew it would be cold.

"But not this cold," he said, smirking.

The Phoenix resident knew when he arrived to The Golf Club at Dove Mountain that he'd made a mistake. But he and wife, Melony, had no plans of leaving early, even as play was halted at 11:07 a.m.

"I've had one beer, and I'm going for No. 2 right now," he said. "It's just a light dusting. It'll blow through."

It did not.

Melony said she warned Tim about the cold weather in the morning, even if he didn't remember it.

"Go ahead," Tim said to his wife, smiling.

"I told you so," she said.

Winter wonderland

We spotted folks making snowmen all over the course.

And, apparently, we weren't the only ones thinking Christmas.

"It's been a few years since I've seen snow, to be honest with you," said Brit Ian Poulter, who has a home in Florida. "Have a few weeks off and come back and kinda makes it feel very Christmas-y all of a sudden," he said. "Pretty amazing.

"Two inches of snow, maybe more. Incredible."

Sitting in a warm clubhouse, Graeme McDowell joked that his fellow golfers should do another winter tradition during the snow delay.

"G-Mac said, 'There's some skis and ski boots at the front if we wanted to go skiing down these slopes,'" Jason Day said.

"Which is kinda funny."

The big number

5

Lower seeds who were leading when the snow suspension started: Jason Day, Richard Sterne, Nicolas Colsaerts, Thorbjorn Olesen and George Coetzee

Paint

Linda Sheehan learned one thing from her tent Wednesday - that the waterproof spray works.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day of the tournament, Sheehan paints, for free, the faces of any fan who walks into her booth near the driving range.

She paints countries' flags - from the simple Japan to the complicated dragon of Wales. Though the Japan flag isn't easy.

"Ever try to paint a perfect circle?" she said.

Sheehan can, by request, even add safe cosmetic glitter.

"How long does it take?" she said. "Depends on how large, and what flag you're getting."

Lemonade

Appetites start early at Match Play; each year we see cigar smoking and beer drinking before 8 a.m.

But we can't say we were surprised to see what wasn't being consumed Wednesday morning - frozen lemonade. The new Bavarian pretzel and frozen lemonade stand that abuts the driving range had sold exactly one of the latter as of around 11 a.m.

We had to ask: Who would do that?

"I dunno," the vendor said, "but someone did."

Tweet of the day

"This weather is officially ridiculous"

Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory)

Tiger and the 5 Swedes

Anders Friman, a senior on the Western New Mexico University golf team, made the 225-mile drive from Silver City, N.M., to Marana on Wednesday morning to catch some Match Play action.

He traveled with a pair of his teammates, and they planned on driving back Wednesday night. Seven total hours in a car to watch some golf?

"Definitely worth it," Friman said. "These are the best players in the world."

Who did the Stockholm, Sweden native want to see most?

"Tiger and the five Swedes," he said.

Five Swedish players are entered in the field: Carl Pettersson, Thomas Bjorn, Fredrik Jacobson, Alexander Noren and Peter Hanson.

Of course, Friman's adventure was cut short. He couldn't stick around today - he and the Mustangs have a match Friday.

Another tweet of the day

"It's officially snowing. Carl Pettersson with the quote of the day so far. This is only one of few times it's an advantage to be fat" #cold."

Luke Donald (@LukeDonald)

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