Play again abandoned at wind-swept Kapalua

Sat Jan 5, 2013 6:01pm EST
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(Reuters) - The Hawaiian island of Maui was no paradise on Saturday when the official start of the 2013 PGA Tour was postponed for a second consecutive day because of strong gusting winds at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

First-round play in the PGA Tour's season-opening event was entirely scrapped on Friday because of similar conditions and hopes of playing 36 holes on Saturday were abandoned after the re-scheduled start had three times been pushed back an hour.

With the weather expected to improve slightly over the next two days, organizers said they planned to complete 36 holes on Sunday and 18 on Monday in a tournament now cut to 54 holes.

Winds gusted up to 40mph across the Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course on Saturday, making the par-73 layout unplayable.

On some of the more exposed holes on the back nine, golf balls rolled uphill when dropped on the greens as a test by officials.

"We tried as best we could," Slugger White, the PGA Tour's vice president of rules and competition, told reporters. "We got balls rolling all over the green, so we have cancelled play for the day,

"I dropped a ball on the 10th green, on the back of the green ... and it rolled 20 yards off the front. We did have balls that were going uphill on (hole) 10 about foot and a half.

"Forecast for tomorrow is a little better, (winds) 15 to 25 mph with gusts, maybe, to 30. A little less moisture, more like pineapple showers than these downpours that we have had."

NO SHOT STRUCK   Continued...