Frost could delay Phoenix Open's final round

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by Kim Quintero

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Posted on February 1, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 1 at 2:00 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There is growing concern that Mother Nature may not cooperate for Sunday’s tee time at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Cooler air has moved into the greater Phoenix area, and PGA organizers worry that frost might delay the start of the tournament's final round.

Officials hired meteorologist Stewart Williams, of the Schneider Electric weather consulting firm, as their own personal forecaster. He has monitored the weather every day and briefed tour officials on conditions that could impact the tournament.

If there is frost Sunday morning, he said, the final round could be delayed. Frost has delayed tee times to as late as 11 a.m. in the past.

"If you step on the greens and it’s frosty, you could kill them,” Stewart said.

Officials must also keep in mind competition from another major sporting event, the Super Bowl.

"Sunday, there’s another event going on,” Director of Golf Maintenance Jeff Plotts said. “Some small football game or something of that nature, so we don’t want people kind of jumping channels.”

With millions of people promising to tune in to the Super Bowl and millions of dollars invested in the Phoenix Open, tour officials are hoping for some cooperation from Mother Nature.

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