MARANA, Ariz. — The best 64 golfers in the world got together for the first time this season and a snow fight broke out.

MARANA, Ariz. — The best 64 golfers in the world got together for the first time this season and a snow fight broke out.

In the most bizarre episode of a PGA Tour season already filled with wacky weather, the opening round of the Match Play Championship lasted only 31/2; hours Wednesday until it was suspended by a winter storm that covered Dove Mountain with nearly 2 inches of snow.

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, there was a blanket of snow as temperatures dipped as low as 33 degrees. The rest of the day was called off.

The opening round was to resume at 8:30 a.m. this morning, and the second round would start sometime that afternoon. 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.