KAPALUA, Hawaii — On the third attempt at starting the PGA Tour season, Matt Kuchar stepped to the 10th tee at Kapalua and could barely hear his name through the wind. When he finally steadied himself, a gust blew his golf ball off the tee. And then it happened again.
Just more than one hour after the Tournament of Champions finally got under way, it was scrapped again with all the scores erased.
The wind came roaring down the Plantation Course at Kapalua again, and it left officials no choice but to stop play and try to start again. With more manageable wind in the forecast, the plan was to play 36 holes Monday and finish with 18 holes Tuesday.
That was good news for Ben Curtis. He had birdie putts on the first two holes and was 5-over par.
It's crazy. That's the only way to describe it, Curtis said. I've never hit two greens in regulation at the start and walked away at 5 over. But hey. At least we had to try.
For those wondering why this tournament keeps getting postponed, an hour of television Sunday was all the evidence they needed.
Ian Poulter posed over his 4-iron shot to the 13th green and was so stunned to see it come up short that he looked at his small gallery for the longest time, repeating loud enough for them to hear that he was only 138 yards from the front of the green. Off to his right, Charlie Beljan had a search party stomping through high grass to the right of the 10th fairway looking for both his tee shots. He had a 15-foot putt for triple bogey when play was stopped.
Moments later, a call came over the radio for a ruling on the 12th green. Scott Stallings was trying to tap in a 2-foot putt when a gust blew his ball 8 feet away.