Hyundai Tournament of Champions Postponed Due to Inclement Weather

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2013

KAPALUA, HI - JANUARY 04:  Scott Stallings shields himself from the wind and rain as he attempts to putt on the second hole green during the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course on January 4, 2013 in Kapalua, Hawaii.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The first tournament of the 2013 PGA Tour got off to an inglorious start after rainfall forced the postponement of the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Some golfers were able to tee off at Kapalua, Hawaii, but officials chose to wipe the slate clean and try to start again on Saturday.

The official PGA Tour Twitter feed broke the news Friday night, sending out this:

Slugger White just announced that the entire first round will be washed out. We will start fresh tomorrow, playing 36 holes off two tees.

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 5, 2013

In addition, the PGA also posted a statement on its website regarding the completion of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. It read:

Poor weather conditions convinced PGA TOUR officials to completely wipe out Friday's first round of the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, even though a majority of the field had already finished at least one hole.

The first round will now start over on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET (7:30 a.m. Hawaii time) with players going off two tees. The goal is to play 36 holes on Saturday, but continued poor weather is expected.

"The forecast is not favorable," said PGA TOUR official Slugger White. "But we're going to try."

Webb Simpson will have some reason to feel aggrieved.

He sat atop the leaderboard at three-under through seven holes. Jonas Blixt was in second place at one-under through five holes.

Their scores, along with every other golfer who managed to get some play in, will be considered null and void now.

White mentions the weather might not cooperate on Saturday, but Weather.com's weekend forecast has the chance of rain at 20 percent for both Saturday and Sunday. However, winds could be blowing around 17-to-20 miles per hour.

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