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Snow halts the PGA’s Match Play Championship

Snow fell as Graeme McDowell chipped onto the first green on Wednesday.

Matt Sullivan/REUTERS

Snow fell as Graeme McDowell chipped onto the first green on Wednesday.

MARANA, Ariz. — The opening round of the Match Play Championship was stopped Wednesday by the strangest of elements in golf. It was snowing.

A cold, cloudy morning gave way to rain that came down sideways, and then snow that stuck on the putting surfaces long enough to stop play. Ten matches had not begun.

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It was the second time in three years at Dove Mountain that wintry weather led to a delay. Snow fell overnight for the championship match in 2011 between Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald, and while it cleared away when the match began, there was a short delay when sleet covered the golf course.

This is the latest weather incident on the PGA Tour this year, following high wind on Maui and fog at Torrey Pines.

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