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Weather wipes out first round, what's in store today at Kapalua?
January 5, 2013 - Robert Collias
B/b>UPDATE II (6:16 a.m.): The start of the first round has now been pushed back to 9:30 a.m., according to PGA Tour official Chris Reimer.
UPDATE (7:47 a.m.): Just talked to the tournament headquarters and today's start has been delayed one hour, first tee shots now scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Stay tuned right here.
When I drove onto the Plantation Course grounds at Kapalua Friday for the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions it was after leaving sunny Kihei, traveling to semi-cloudy Wailuku, and going though a couple small squalls near Waikapu and Olowalu.
Arriving at the Plantation, however, was different. The weather was ominous and my assigned-parking area was closed as a Rojac dump truck was delivering a second load of gravel. I was told to park higher up the hill and later found out that several cars in my assigned area got stuck in the mud.
Then, after a total of just 89 holes had been completed by 20 of the 30 golfers in the field — for a total of 27-over par — the round was wiped out by rain.
Gary Planos, the former tournament director here, reminded me that this tournament had rounds that started early in 2005 and 2009 because of weather concerns, but never was there a delay in this event — until Friday. A couple of weather-related casualties to rounds of the Kirin Cup in 1988 and the Lincoln-Mercury International in 1995 happened at Kapalua, Planos noted in my story above.
Here is our tournament notebook, leading with redeemable ticket information for the smattering of fans who braved Friday's gale.
And here is a story you will not read anywhere else on an irrepressible leading pair of volunteers written by my colleague Chris Sugidono, who, like myself, is a former Oregon Duck. Sugidono is a new member of our staff who is rapidly becoming an irreplaceable reporter for us and this story is worth your time to read.
The bad news for The Golf Channel was that they had to loop the shortened first round over and over, for the last 20 hours or so, of play that ultimately didn't count. That's not good news for a tournament that is in the last year of its current three-year contract. The weather kept the actual fans in attendance to a handful of brave souls.
The first round is scheduled to start over at 7:30 a.m. today with the hopes that the second round will follow. In my gamer linked above, you can read that the forecast for today is not good.
Stay tuned right here because nobody covers this event like we do.
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