January 6 2013
With high winds blowing golf balls off the greens at Kapalua, play was again halted in the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions with the horn sounding at 12:20 p.m. local time.
"We were on the edge starting out," PGA TOUR Vice President of Rules and Competition Slugger White said. "For 30-40 minutes we were still on the edge, then we couldn't keep balls on the greens.
"You just can't play in it. You can hardly walk in it, much less play golf."
White added that players will be kept at the course -- for now -- as officials determine whether to send players back out today.
Wind gusts were near 50 mph when play was stopped.
"When a ball can't stay on the green you just can't play," said Matt Kuchar, whose ball was blown off the tee on th 10th hole. "(That's) never happened before. It was maybe a sign of what was to come."
Kuchar was hardly the only one affected.
Ben Curtis watched as his ball was blown off the green on th 11th hole. He went on to make double bogey and latr followed with a triple bogey.
"Nothing like this," Curtis said. "I had to take my hat off just to putt. Hopefully we can get some calmer weather tomorrow and get going."
Jason Dufner at 1 under through five holes was the lone player under par when play was called.