Golf: PGA Tour opener delayed again
BY Staff and Wire Reports
Monday, January 07, 2013
1/07/13 at 3:18 AM
Another attempt to start the PGA Tour season was blown away Sunday.
Just more than an hour into the opening round of the Tournament of Champions, play was suspended when more 40 mph gusts came roaring down the Plantation Course at Kapalua and left officials no choice but to wipe out yet another round.
Rickie Fowler will hit the opening tee shot of the 2013 season on Monday - for the third time this week.
Andy Pazder, the tour's chief of operations, said earlier Sunday that the decisions not to play "were not hard" because the wind was severe.
The evidence from one hour of golf was overwhelming.
Matt Kuchar's golf ball blew off the tee twice before he could even hit his first tee shot. Charlie Beljan played six shots before he reached his first green. Ben Curtis had birdie putts on the first two holes and played them in 5-over par.
The winners-only tournament was supposed to begin Friday, but the round was scrapped by high wind after no one had played more than eight holes. It tried to start Sunday - the day most golf tournaments end - and it was clear early on there would be trouble.
"It's crazy. That's the only way to describe it," Curtis said.