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Golf

  • Leader builds Web.com margin
    Zac Blair topped the Web.com Tour Championship leader board at 13 under Friday when second-round play was suspended because of darkness. Blair was 5 under with three holes left in the round that was delayed because of rain.
  • R&A votes to admit women as members
    The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews is no longer just for men.
  • Course record tied at Web.com
    Zac Blair matched the course record with a 7-under 63 on Thursday to take the lead in the Web.com Tour Championship, the final event in the four-tournament Web.com Tour Finals.
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Snow halts start of Match Play

– Already a year of wacky weather on the PGA Tour, this might have topped it all – snow.

The opening round of the Match Play Championship was suspended Wednesday when a cold rain that came down sideways quickly gave way to snow from a winter storm that dumped close to 2 inches on Dove Mountain in just over an hour.

“I’ve never actually played golf to the point where we’ve actually stopped for snow, which is kind of crazy,” said Jason Day of Australia, who was 6 up through 10 holes over Zach Johnson. “A little crazy for it to snow in the desert, as well. But that’s just how it is. Mother Nature can do whatever she wants.”

Ten matches had not even started when players were called off the course as slush was starting to form on the greens. Two hours later, The Ritz-Carlton Club was a blanket of snow as temperatures dipped as low as 33 degrees. The rest of the day was called off.

“I’ve seen snow on the course when I was a kid, but nothing like that on any of the tours,” said Rory McIlroy, who along with Tiger Woods was among those 10 matches that never had to hit a shot.

Sergio Garcia, in the leadoff match, had just holed a 10-foot par putt to win the 15th hole and go 2 up over Thongchai Jaidee when play was suspended.

The tour was meeting with television officials to figure out when to start and how to get back on schedule. The 64-man field is cut in half after each round, and with sunshine in the forecast the rest of the week, it should not be difficult to get caught up.

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