Hawaii tournament set for restart

  • Last Updated: January 5 2013, 21:27 GMT

The first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions was cancelled because of extreme weather conditions.

The first round was cancelled in Hawaii
The first round was cancelled in Hawaii

Webb Simpson was leading on three under after seven holes when play was stopped, but he, like all the other players who had begun their rounds, will have to start from scratch on Saturday.

"It started off bad and got worse," Slugger White, the PGA Tour's vice president of rules and operations, told www.pgatour.com. "It was pretty nasty out there."

Play had already been suspended twice amid rain and wind which blew up to 45mph before the day was finally scrapped.

It will be the first time since the 2005 Players Championship a round has been restarted.

"It stinks for me," Simpson, who earlier had his umbrella broken and said he felt like he was "in a hurricane", told the Golf Channel.

"I got off to a great start, but it's how it goes. The good news is, I'm playing well. I'll try to carry it into tomorrow."

Scott Stallings, who was last on the leaderboard at seven over after four holes, added: "I was the biggest benefactor of the whole deal, but I'd like to know how Webb was three under through all that."

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(reopens) Organisers said the tournament would be cut to 54 holes, with 36 due to be played tomorrow and 18 on Monday. Tomorrow's weather forecast is considerably better for the area.

Slugger White, the PGA Tour's vice president of rules and operations, told the tour's website: "I went out there this morning about 6:30 (am). I dropped a ball on the 10th green, on the back of the green just dropped it and (it) rolled off 20 yards off the front of the green. We did have balls that were going uphill on 10 a foot and a half."