Wind delays Tournament of Champions again

January 6, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Kelly McCarthy

Another day of golf is gone with the wind at Kapalua. The Hyundai Tournament of Champions round one has turned into round when?  The first of the 2013 FedExCup season has delayed it's opening round six times and condensed play to 54 holes over the next two days.

After a four hour wind delay Sunday morning, players took off from two tees just after 11 am. They made it about an hour into play when they were called back inside due to winds up to 48 mph.

At 1:26 pm Slugger White made the announcement that the first round would once again be cancelled for the day and scores wiped.  Shortly after, Chief of Operations for the PGA Andy Padzer spoke in a press conference to discuss the suspension.

"We felt that at the point where we suspended play conditions were worse than Friday," Padzer said. "We had balls blowing on three different holes. Once that started happening we had no other choice but to bring the players in."

Matt Kuchar agreed with the decision and said it wasn't a surprise.

"After what we went through Friday and having Saturday blown out as well and the wind as strong as it was today, most guys could've told you what was going to happen."  

He knew exactly what was going to happen as soon as he stepped up to his first shot of the day on number 10.  A big gust of wind sent his hat soaring off his head before he even swung the club.  As he went back to address the ball a second gust swept his ball off the tee and rolled it nearly five feet away.

Assuming the weather conditions improve, play will resume Monday morning at 7:10 am local time with the intention to get through 36 holes. They will play the final 18 holes on Tuesday.

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