For those of us that live in the Northeast the weather has been snowy and cold this March. Normally as a golf fan I can get away from the drab cold days of winter by watching golf and day dreaming about the coming summer golf season. This year even watching golf to escape the cold is not guaranteed.
Today, I was hunkering down to watch the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. I was anticipating a great afternoon of golf with Tiger Woods (who I had picked for my fantasy team this week) and Rickie Fowler (one of the golf boys) in the final group. But mother nature had a different plan in mind and the final round has been moved to Monday. How bad was it? Watch the video below…
Golf Analyst Mark Rulfing mentions in the video that it reminded him of Kapalua. He was referencing the first tournament of the 2013 season, the Hyundai tournament of Champions, which was delay due to high winds (gusting 40 to 50 mph). The Golf Channel has a great photo slide show of the windy tournament.
Another tournament impacted was the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines which was delayed due to Fog. So rain, wind, fog all seem like expected reasons for golf to be delayed but how about snow? Yup, the WGC Match Play in Arizona was delayed this year due to snow. Snow in Arizona. It was so bizarre that all the players were tweeting photos of it. Bubba Watson even posted a 30 second video of his snowball fight.
I don’t know if any other start to a golf season has had this many delays due to weather. Certainly there have been memorable delays in previous years. Watch the PGA Tour “Top 10: Weather Interruptions on the PGA Tour” for their list. One of my favorite golfers, Phil Mickelson, makes an appearance as he chips in the hail (2.35 second mark in video.)
Maybe I should be happy for the weather delay today because my fantasy pick for the Hyundai, tournament, Dustin Johnson, won. So, if I were at all superstitious I would be thinking the weather delay is “a sign” that Tiger should win tomorrow.
Still I would rather have the final round played on Sunday so I could watch it live.