Date: January 07, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Kapalua winds delays push to Monday start

The first round of the PGA Tour&aposs Tournament of Champions was delayed until Monday after strong wind and rain at the Kapalua Resort delayed play from Friday to Sunday. The PGA Tour now hopes to play 36 holes on Monday (Hawaii Time) with 18 holes to be played on Tuesday morning. The 54 hole quota would confirm an Official Winner and earnings as Official Money. The majority of the limited 30-man field – comprising players who won on the PGA Tour last season – had begun their opening rounds when a decision was made to suspend proceedings, with wind gusting up to 42 mph and heavy rain lashing the venue in Maui. All scores recorded on Friday will be wiped, with 36 holes and staggered starts now scheduled for Saturday. However, more bad weather is expected and it remains to be seen if the Tour&aposs 2013 curtain-raiser will be completed in its entirety. “The forecast is not favourable,” PGA Tour rules official Slugger White said of the new arrangements. “But we&aposre going to try.” Reigning US Open champion Webb Simpson led the field at three-under par through seven holes of his round. “It stinks for me,” Simpson told the Golf Channel. “I got off to a great start, but it&aposs how it goes. Good news is, I&aposm playing well. I&aposll try to carry it into tomorrow.” By contrast, Scott Stallings saw his nightmare return of seven over through four holes wiped from the record. “Obviously I was thrilled,” Stallings said when he heard the news. “It&aposs a tough situation to be in. I hit some bad shots and got some bad breaks. Pretty miserable out there. “I was the biggest benefactor of the whole deal, but I&aposd like to know how Webb was 3 under through all that.”