KAPALUA, Hawaii — The PGA Tour season now starts today.
Wind squalls that howled down off the mountains above Maui were so severe Friday that tour officials scrapped the first round of the Tournament of Champions. All scores were erased — 20 players in the 30-man field had scores on their cards — and the round will start over today with 36 holes, weather permitting.
“I can honestly say the forecast isn’t real good, but maybe we’ll get lucky,” said Slugger White, the tour’s vice president of rules and competition. “That’s the hope.”
Rickie Fowler and Jason Dufner, who supposedly started the 2013 season by playing in the first group, made it through eight holes. Six players, including defending champ Steve Stricker, had not teed off.
It was the first time since The Players Championship in 2005 that a round had been wiped clean.
The decision was great news for Scott Stallings, who made a quadruple-bogey 8 on the third hole and was 7-over par after four holes. He will tee off as if none of that happened.
Bubba Watson, who had yet to tee off, said it looked like “goofy golf” from what he saw on television. FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker was on the practice range and told of an 8-iron that only went about 50 yards. “I could have caught it if I ran fast enough,” he said.