Seen & heard: Match Play

2013-02-19T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T15:56:31Z Seen & heard: Match PlayPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Home cookin'

Most of the field at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship will spend their free time at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.

Jim Furyk has a better idea.

He stays at the home of his parents, Mike and Linda, in Southern Arizona. He has every time he's played the event.

"It's good to get some home-cooked meals," he said Monday. "We live in hotels, so it's nice to get out of hotels for a week."

The Arizona Wildcats alum bemoaned the fact the basketball team won't play until 9 p.m. Wednesday - "That'll be late for anyone having a tee time the next day," he said - but said it was good to be home.

"Checked the paper this morning and saw my name was still in bold type," Furyk said. "They didn't forget I went to Arizona."

Any time, Jim.

Weather report

With Wednesday's opening round expected to be threatened by cold weather, rain and maybe even snow, Furyk thought back to two years ago, when snow landed on Dove Mountain.

"I think this tournament's pretty much been snakebit - We've had a lot of bad weather here, a lot of cold weather, a lot of wind. I think we had snow flurries," Furyk said. "Wednesday's not going to be good. I guess the good news is, you don't have to go out there and fire a low number or a low score. You're trying to play better than your competitor.

"It's going to be the same for everyone. It's going to be a tough day. We're going to have to figure out a way to stay warm, stay dry and do the best we can."

Defending champ Hunter Mahan said that unlike in stroke play tournaments, where scores are affected by when each player's round starts, weather won't harm match play.

"There's not going to be a lucky set of tee times here this week," Mahan said. "You're just trying to beat the guy in front of you. Whether that's with a 68 or a 78, it really doesn't matter.

"The weather plays really, I don't think, any significance except in your mind."

Quotable

"When you've got that momentum, you're trying to keep it and keep the pedal down. When things aren't going well you're trying to find any little breath of fresh air to kinda turn that momentum."

- Furyk, on match play

Another quotable

"I've seen the golf course today and seen they had pins on some interesting positions, so I'm glad it's a match-play week and not a stroke-play one."

- Louis Oosthuizen

Tweet of the Day

"Day 1 at Dove Mountain, course in incredible condition, set up is first class the really put on a show in the US."

- Scot Richie Ramsay, @RamsayGolf, who will face Oosthuizen on Wednesday

The Donald

Nine days ago, Justin Rose went to the Los Angeles Lakers-Miami Heat game with a famous new friend.

"Hanging out with The Donald," he said Monday.

Donald Trump took over the Doral Golf Resort and Spa last year, vowing to spend $200 million to redo the course. Rose was in Florida alongside Trump to promote next month's WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Rose is the defending champ.

"No doubt, Donald Trump is excited about what he's doing there with the renovations at Doral," Rose said.

"I think it's going to be a special place."

The big number

10

The event features 10 tournament winners from 2013 alone, be it on the PGA or European Tours.

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