Monday’s play gets under way at Kapalua

After three days of delays because of strong winds, first-round play began in full Monday in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The PGA Tour has said that golfers will play 36 holes Monday in the season-opening event at the Kapalua Plantation Course, and 18 on Tuesday.

After the first round was over, the lead was shared by Nick Watney, Mark Wilson and Dustin Johnson, all at 4-under-par 69.

“Today was the first time I got on the golf course, but definitely felt good,” said Johnson, who has won the last two tour events shortened to 54 holes – The Barclays in 2011 and the 2009 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. “Played and putted pretty good, solid round of golf.”

Watney finished his first round with a long, bending eagle putt on the 18th hole.

“It’s always a bonus to make a putt like that,” Watney said. “I’m very happy with 4 under. I was 2 under after four. Kind of viewing this as a full day, so marathon’s half over and I guess when you’re playing well, you want to keep going.”

Wilson said the wind is still a factor.

“Just trying to be patient with the wind and hitting some weird clubs wsith different yardages and stuff,” Wilson said. “I played conservative.”

The opener, limited to winners from the previous season, had never before been less than 72 holes at Kapalua. The last time the tournament was reduced to 54 holes was 1997, when Tiger Woods beat Tom Lehman in a playoff at La Costa Country Club in Carlsbad, Calif.

The last tour event to finish on a Tuesday was the 2006 Booz Allen Classic.