Golf fans prepare for possible weather problems at Match Play
DOVE MOUNTAIN, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Rand Petersen and his friends from Nebraska aren't too concerned about a shaky forecast on day one of the Accenture Match Play Championship.
"It may not be the greatest, but golf fans are pretty hardy and they'll come out and watch these players," Petersen said.
Montana native Doreen Darling spends four months a year in Casa Grande to get away from winter back home.
"We always are hoping for every day to be sunny -- that's what we pay for, that;s what we want, so hopefully it turns out better than we expect, " Darling said.
But a rough start to the competition is on tournament meteorologist Stewart Williams' radar.
"Definitely be raining in the morning," Williams said. "Showers (and) temperatures in the 40s -- wind will be blowing. The weather is always so good here you can afford to go ahead and bypass on a rainy day."
Gerald Goodman, tournament executive director, has a much different message for fans.
"My party line is let's throw on an extra layer and come on out," Goodman said. "Don't stay home, don't let this prevent you from seeing the best players in the world go head to head."
And today's forecast is still much better than back home for fans like Petersen.
"This is gorgeous weather," Petersen said. "Right now we just talked to home and they're forecasting a foot of snow. We're pretty happy to be down here."