PGA Tour Opener Has Play Canceled Again, Targets Tuesday Finish

The U.S. PGA Tour’s season-opening Tournament of Champions in Hawaii is scheduled to start today and finish tomorrow after play was canceled the past three days because of windy conditions in Maui.

The 30-golfer field of 2012 PGA Tour winners returns to the Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course today for 36 holes, followed by a planned 18 holes tomorrow, weather permitting.

The PGA Tour’s last 54-hole event was the 2011 Barclays Tournament at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey, which was shortened to three rounds because of a hurricane.

Severely windy conditions have nullified any scores for three straight days in Kapalua, where gusts yesterday reached 48 miles per hour (77 kilometers an hour). After a four-hour delay to yesterday’s opening tee times, golfers got on the course for just over an hour before officials canceled play.

“We tried again, the PGA tour staff did a great job getting the course ready, but Mother Nature proved to strong once again,” Hunter Mahan of the U.S. said on Twitter.

First-round scores were wiped out Jan. 4 because of gusts, while play never began the following day. Before the two instances this tournament, the last time the PGA Tour declared play “null and void” and restarted a round was during the 2005 Players Championship.

Zach Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion, said yesterday that he’s “never seen consistent wind like this,” adding that he feels disappointed for players, fans and organizers.

The PGA Tour’s second event, the $5.7 million Sony Open, is scheduled to start Jan. 10 in Honolulu.

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