Hyundai - 54 holes - at best

BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions | Day Two | 06 Jan 2013

The Hyundai Tournament of Champions has been reduced to 54 holes after play was again cancelled on day two. After play was cancelled on Friday’s opening day, strong winds and rain buffeted the Plantation Course at Kapalua once again on Saturday and tournament officials had no option but to restructure the event’s schedule.

With play originally timed for a Monday finish, that scenario will remain but play on Sunday will consist of 36 holes before (hopefully) the third and final round on Monday.

No scores from the abandoned opening round will be recorded and the event starts from scratch on Sunday morning. Webb Simpson’s amazing start on Friday before play was abandoned was all in vain. Simpson was an almost impossible 3 under when forced from the course.

With only 30 players in the field there are a greater number of options open to organisers to at least give the tournament a chance of completing 54 holes.

PGA Tour’s rules official Slugger White gave an indication that if the event did not complete 54 holes by Monday evening that an option exists to roll over into Tuesday. With next week’s Sony Open being played in Honolulu that option is not an impossibility.

“Tuesday is not out of the realm as yet let’s get through tomorrow first and then we’ll worry about Tuesday,” said White. “I mean, I don’t want to be so vague about it, but let’s get through and let’s just see what that brings us.”

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