January 6 2013
After more delays, play was again wiped out Sunday at Kapalua. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
If at first you don't succeed, try, try (and try) again.
That's been the mantra on a windswept Maui, site of the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions -- which has actually yet to officially open because of high winds that have wreaked havoc on the otherwise serene Kapalua Plantation.
The first round was wiped off the books on Friday with 40-plus mph winds bending flagsticks and sending golf balls off putting surfaces. A shot wasn't even struck on Saturday after more of the same, while Sunday featured a little play (just over an hour) and a lot of delay (four hours).
All of this will lend itself to anything but a manic Monday. Here's where we stand as officials try to get the first event of the season in the books:
1) The first round will re-start, from scratch, at 7:10 a.m. local time, 12:10 p.m. ET on Monday with players going off both tees and playing (hopefully) 36 holes.
2) Tuesday, players will play 18 holes, bringing the total to 54 holes and thus making the event official with full FedExCup points, money, Official World Golf Ranking points and the winner getting into the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The last 54-hole event on TOUR was the 2011 Barclays, won by Dustin Johnson.
3) If only 36 holes are completed, the win would be unofficial with official FedExCup points, money and 75 percent of the total Official World Golf Ranking points. The winner would also not get into the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The last 36-hole event on TOUR was the 2005 Northern Trust Open, won by Adam Scott.
4) Television and SiriusXM: Golf Channel will broadcast Monday’s play from 4-11 p.m. ET, which is three hours more than its originally scheduled window of 4-8 p.m. SiriusXM will broadcast play from 5-11 p.m. ET.
5) Logistics: Gates will open for spectators at 6:45 a.m. local time on Monday. Shuttles will still operate from Honua Kai resort starting at 6:30 am. Tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday will be honored as grounds tickets on any day throughout the rest of the week. Fans can bring their Friday, Saturday or Sunday ticket to the gate on any day and exchange for a daily grounds ticket.
6) The last time the Hyundai Tournament of Champions was shortened to 54 holes: 1997 when the event was played at LaCosta.
The forecast for Monday is "borderline" with the TOUR's meteorologist calling for winds in the 25-30 mph range. If that holds, they can play.
"It's the gusts that creep up above 40 that have knocked us out," said the TOUR's Chief of Operations, Andy Pazder, noting the 48-mph gusts right before play was called for good on Sunday. "Somewhere in the low 40s is what puts us out of business."
That's what happened on Sunday, whether it was Matt Kuchar's ball being knocked off the tee on No. 10, Ben Curtis' being blown off the green on No. 11, or any number of players seeing theirs oscillate when they were standing over it.
"I think it's important to make sure the golf is fair," Keegan Bradley said. "On the greens sometimes, the ball is not staying still and that's when it gets a little dicey. You don't want to see somebody get an unlucky gust and the ball roll off the green or something like that."
And if Mother Nature continues to not cooperate?
Joked Pazder: "Can we save that question for (Monday)?"