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Players brace for chilly conditions, even snow, at Match Play Championship

  • Tiger Woods smiles during a news conference before playing a practice round for the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Marana, Ariz. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Tiger Woods smiles during a news conference before playing a practice round for the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Marana, Ariz. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits an approach shot off the 11th fairway during a practice round for the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Marana, Ariz. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits an approach shot off the 11th fairway during a practice round for the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Marana, Ariz. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (The Associated Press)

Tiger Woods had a one-liner ready when asked about the weather forecast that includes the possibility of snow at the Match Play Championship, saying: "We won't be able to work on our suntans."

Play was set to open Wednesday at Dove Mountain with temperatures in the low 40s and a high of 47. Strong wind was expected in the afternoon with showers that could change from rain to snow on the cactus-lined High Sonoran Desert course.

Two years ago, morning snow covered the course before Luke Donald beat Martin Kaymer in the championship match. There also was a 10-minute delay when sleet coated the fourth fairway.