Updated 1:48 p.m.: First round at Kapalua again called off
The first round of the PGA Tour’s season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions was called off because of strong winds at the Kapalua Plantation Course for a third straight day on Sunday, and the tour has said the plan is now to start anew, with 36 holes on Monday and 18 on Tuesday.
No tour even has finished on a Tuesday since the 2006 Booz Allen Classic.
Slightly more than an hour of play took place Sunday before golfers were called off the course. Jason Dufner was the leader at 1 under par through five holes. None of the results from Sunday will count.
Play also began on Friday, the originally scheduled first day, but was wiped out because of weather.
Gusts reached 48 mph on Sunday, and the horn calling players off the course sounded at 12:21 p.m.
Scott Stallings tried to mark his ball a foot away from the hole on No. 12 before it blew back about seven feet. His hat later blew off onto the cart path as he was waiting to putt.
“It is pretty much the same, maybe harder, minus the H2O,” Rickie Fowler, Dufner’s playing partner, told The Golf Channel after play was halted.
The final pairing of Steve Stricker, last year’s winner, and Brandt Snedker, the 2012 FedEx Cup champion, had not teed off.
After Friday’s play was scrapped, competition was then scheduled to begin Saturday, but no one teed off due to the conditions, and the tournament was shortened to 54 holes.
The plan at that point was 36 holes on Sunday and 18 on Monday, but wind again delayed the start of the round.
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.
According to the tour, an event with 36 total holes would mean the champion’s win would be unofficial, and would not earn a spot in next year’s Tournament of Champions, although money earned and FedEx Cup points would count. If the event has just 18 holes, no points will be awarded, and the purse would be reduced by half.
The last tour event that went less than 54 holes was the 2005 Nissan Open — now known as the Northern Trust Open — which was contested over 36 holes and won by Adam Scott.