The Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the PGA Tour season has gotten off to a rough start, if one can say it has started at all. Friday’s first group was only able to complete eight holes before play was suspended and there was no play at all on Saturday. Heavy rains and high winds have caused play to be postponed and forced tournament officials to modify the length of the tournament.
The 72 hole tournament has now been officially changed to a 54 hole event, with 36 holes being played on Sunday and the final 18 holes being played on Monday. Officials made this change after the second day of cancellations. With a field of only 30 players, the though was that the tournament could be played in its entirety but that changed when a second consecutive day was lost with no golf being played.
The new schedule will have players going off the first and tenth tees starting at 7:10am local time(12:10pm ET). The forecast for Sunday is expected to better with only light rains expected and wind gusts more tamed than what has been seen on the first two days. Officials today were seeing ball movement due to the wind on several greens and in some cases actually seeing balls being pushed uphill. This tournament has not seen a format of less than 72 since 1997 when heavy rains also cancelled play.
Players, officials and fans all sincerely hope that tomorrow will officially be the start of what is expected to be a very exciting season of golf.