First-day play washed out at PGA Tour opener

Published On: Jan 04 2013 03:47:45 PM HST   Updated On: Jan 04 2013 03:48:26 PM HST
Plantation Course

KAPALUA, Hawaii -

The PGA Tour season now starts on Saturday.

Wind squalls that howled down the mountains above Maui were so severe Friday that the opening round of the Tournament of Champions was scrapped.  Rickie Fowler and Jason Dufner, the first to tee off on the Plantation Course, only played eight holes.

Six players in the 30-man field had not even teed off.

The decision to wipe out the round was great news for Scott Stallings, who already was 7-over par through four holes.  As for U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson?

"It stinks for me," he said.

Simpson was 3 under when he stepped to the eighth tee, one of only two players under par.  The other was Jonas Blixt, who was 1 under.

Play was suspended for seven minutes beginning at 12:27 p.m. Friday due to strong winds.  Another delay came at 12:46 p.m.

The wind gusts that caused the initial suspension were at 41 mph.  The maximum gust on Friday was 45 mph.  Total rainfall at The Plantation Course up to 3 p.m. on Friday was 0.25".

Before Friday, the last time the PGA Tour declared "play null and void" and restarted a round came at The Players Championship in 2005 at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.  The last time a round was suspended on the PGA Tour due to wind came at the 2012 AT&T National.  The third round of the 2012 Humana Challenge was also delayed due to wind.

The plan was to play 36 holes Saturday, brutal news for the caddies who had to lug bags on this elevated golf course.  But the forecast was for more wind.

The first round will begin at 7:30 a.m. off split tees.


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