Waste Management Phoenix Open first round resumes after another frost delay

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There is once again a frost delay at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Friday's delay was more than three hours, with play finally getting under way at 11 a.m. Officials had hoped to have things golfers to the tees by 9:30 a.m. It was later pushed to 10:30 a.m., and then 11 a.m.

Thursday's first-round play was delayed by four hours and Wednesday's Pro-Am was canceled.

While 66 players still need to finish their first round, Tom Gills, Bill Haas, Jason Bohn and sponsor exemption Tom Lehman were tied for first at 6-under par. Phil Mickelson finished his first round at 4-under par.

After those 66 players wrap up the first round, second-round play will get under way.

The delays could mean a 36-hole day for the golfers on Sunday. It could also mean that the event won't wrap up until Monday.

The frost delays are not for the players, they are to protect the grounds.

"Frost is a delicate situation," said TPC Scottsdale course superintendent Jeff Plotts. "It can be very detrimental to the greens.

What's more, the frozen turf would change the way the golf balls bounce and roll, thus affecting play.

"If we would play while it was frozen, it would be like playing into concrete. The balls would be bounding everywhere," Plotts explained.