Mother Nature, which wreaked havoc on the Hyundai Tournament of Champions last weekend, is being much kinder as the first full-field PGA TOUR event of the 2013 season gets under way on Thursday.
The skies were partly cloudy and the temperatures in the low 70s at Waialae Country Club as the first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii began at 12:10 p.m. ET. There's barely a breeze detected, too, with winds out of the east at 8 mph -- a far cry from last weekend's 48 mph gusts that forced repeated delays and eventually a 54-hole tournament that ended on Tuesday.
The $5.6 million tournament features a mix of veterans like last week's winner Dustin Johnson and defending champion Johnson Wagner, as well as 23 of the 30 rookies on TOUR this year. Coverage on the Golf Channel and Sirius XM PGA TOUR Radio begins at 5 p.m. ET.