Hyundai Tournament of Champions: Notebook
J.J. Henry has been wearing a hat embroidered with the letters “SHES,” for Sandy Hook Elementary School, during the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Henry grew up in Fairfield, Conn., approximately 20 miles from the school where a shooting last month took the lives of 26 children and educators.
“At the first event of the year, I just wanted to do something to honor the families and lost ones,” said Henry, who qualified for the field at the Kapalua Plantation Course for the second time by winning last year’s Reno-Tahoe Open. “I just wanted them to know that the entire PGA Tour family, whether it’s players, officials, media or fans, that we’re all thinking about them in this unthinkable time.”
Let’s play two (rounds)
Waiting at least two extra days for the season to begin while severe weather causes delays can cause players some uneasiness.
“It’s unfortunate,” said Carl Pettersson. “I mean, this is crazy not being able to start. Hopefully we can get at least 54 holes in and make this thing official.”
The schedule calls for 36 holes today, and the final 18 on Monday.
“It would’ve been nice to play today, but it’s Mother Nature,” said John Huh. “You can’t do anything about it.”
Although play was canceled at around 10:30 a.m., Brandt Snedeker said he would take it easy during his time off due to the physical challenge the Plantation Course poses.
“I’m going to hop down to Lahaina a bit, but you want to stay as fresh as possible,” Snedeker said. “Thirty-six holes around this golf course is a lot of tough walking, so you want to make sure you’re well-rested. You have all this time to kill, but it’s a double-edged sword.”
Gates will open for spectators at 6:45 a.m. today, and shuttles are to begin operating from the Honua Kai Resort and Spa at 6:30 a.m.
Each ticket for Friday or Saturday will be honored for today or Monday and can be exchanged at the gate.
For more information, call the tournament headquarters at 665-9160.
Hyundai Tournament of Champions notebook
That’s the ticket
After the weather-related cancellation of the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Friday, gates for spectators will open at 7 a.m. Saturday. Shuttles will still operate from the Honua Kai resort – the site of public parking for the event – starting at 6:45 a.m.
Tickets for Friday will be honored as grounds entrance for any day throughout the rest of the tournament, which is scheduled to end on Monday. Spectators can exchange their Friday tickets at the gate for a grounds ticket.
For more information, call tournament headquarters at 665-9160.
Two-thirds of the 30-man field of 2012 PGA Tour winners will play next week
in the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club, according to the official entry list that was released Friday.
Rickie Fowler, Jason Dufner, Ian Poulter, Hunter Mahan, Charlie Beljan, Bill Haas, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker and Steve Stricker will skip the Oahu event, the first full-field tournament of the year.
Johnson Wagner will be back to defend his title, and Jonas Blixt, Keegan Bradley, Ben Curtis, Tommy Gainey, J.J. Henry, John Huh, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Marc Leishman, George McNeill, Ryan Moore, Carl Pettersson, Scott Piercy, Ted Potter Jr., Webb Simpson, Scott Stallings, Kyle Stanley, and Mark Wilson will also do the Hawaii double.
Mahan’s team wins pro-am
Hunter Mahan’s team took the top spot in Thursday’s pro-am.
Mahan, along with Hugh Duncan, Kimo Hayes, Gary Shalander and Greg Cabanting, had a 56, one shot better than Jonas Blixt and amateurs Fritz Duda, T. Scott Leisher, Sherwin Ho and William Gregg.
Quote of the day
“No, we pay ’em. We’ve got to go. Welcome to 2013. Right back into the swing of things. Most of the caddies, they are used to looping and I know they are coming off a little bit of a break, so it might be a little tougher (for) any of the guys just walking normally. And if we have any rain gear, umbrellas, bags are going to be heavy. There’s going to be a lot of guys sleeping well tomorrow night if we make it 36.”
– Rickie Fowler, on caddies possibly having to work 36 holes Saturday.