January 6 2011
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- The 2011 PGA TOUR season has officially started, with Arjun Atwal hitting the opening tee shot off the No. 1 tee at the Plantation Course at Kapalua.
His playing partner, Rocco Mediate, immediately followed. Both players found the fairway of the par-4 520-yard hole.
Thursday’s early-morning rains at Kapalua have subsided and should not be a factor the rest of the day, with the forecast calling for partly cloudy skies by noon. There is a chance of isolated showers, however. Winds could gust up to 25 mph, which is not a surprise at this course.
Atwal, by the way, is playing in his first Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He qualified for the champions-only event by winning the Wyndham Championship last year. He’s one of 13 players who are making their first appearances as this event. – Mike McAllister