Tournament of Champions Delayed Again

KAPALUA – High winds once again forced the cancelation of the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.  The golfers who did go out on Sunday will have their scores erased, and the first round will be replayed, again.

36 holes are scheduled for Monday, with 18 scheduled for Tuesday.  It will now be a 54-hole tournament.  Weather permitting, of course.

The decision came from the USGA:

Rules and Decisions of Golf – Rule 33-2 (d) – Course Unplayable – If the Committee or its authorized representative considers that for any reason the course is not in a playable condition or that there are circumstances that render the proper playing of the game impossible, it may, in match play or stroke play, order a temporary suspension of play or, in stroke play, declare play null and void and cancel all scores for the round in question. When a round is canceled, all penalties incurred in that round are canceled.

The last time a tournament on the PGA Tour went 54 holes was 2011.  Dustin Johnson won The Barclays.  The last 36-hole event on the PGA Tour was in 2005.  Adam Scott won the Northern Trust Open.

Several golfers are scheduled to play in the Sony Open, which is scheduled to start Thursday, January 10th at Waialae CC.  The PGA Tour Communications department lists Jonas Blixt, Keegan Bradley, Ben Curtis, Tommy Gainey, J.J. Henry, John Huh, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Marc Leishman, George McNeill, Ryan Moore, Carl Pettersson, Scott Piercy, Ted Potter Jr., Webb Simpson, Scott Stallings, Kyle Stanley, Johnson Wagner and Mark Wilson.