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Match Play Delivers 1-2 Punch

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At high noon Thursday, the scene on the driving range at Dove Mountain called to mind a popular yoga class, with golfers lined up one on top of the other and barely enough room to maneuver.

Sixty-four golfers were trying to limber up before play resumed, after a 24-hour snow delay, at the W.G.C.-Accenture Match Play Championship. The close quarters added to the built-in discomfort of having Thursday’s start time pushed back again and again until the tournament was four and a half hours behind its revised schedule.

Rory McIlroy, the world No. 1 from Northern Ireland, did not strike a shot Wednesday in his match against Ireland’s Shane Lowry. They did not start until midafternoon Thursday, which was fine with McIlroy, who spent the morning...

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