Start of Match Play delayed for fifth time

2013-02-21T07:45:00Z 2013-02-21T12:00:50Z Start of Match Play delayed for fifth timeDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 21, 2013 7:45 am  • 

For the second straight day, weather is wreaking havoc on the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Today's tee times have been pushed back by more than four hours, and are now scheduled to start at 1 p.m., officials said.

The driving range and putting green opened for players to use a little after 10 a.m.

Rory McIlroy is expected to tee off at 2 p.m., and Tiger Woods will follow at 2:20.

Play was originally scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., but has been delayed four times because snow is still covering the fairways.

Wednesday's action was cut short because of rain and snow; play was delayed at 11:07 a.m., and called for the day a little after 1 p.m. Twenty-three of the day's 32 scheduled matches were underway at the time snow hit. 

Tournament officials were hopeful for an early-morning restart today, but more snow fell on Dove Mountain around 5 p.m., last night, ruining that plan.

The forecast appears to be clear today. Accuweather.com predicts a high of 54 degrees with plenty of sunshine.

Follow Starnet all day for weather updates and Match Play results. 

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