HONOLULU – Round 1 of the Sony Open in Hawaii has finally ended, more than 25 hours after it began.
No worry with the weather, but rather with a lack of sunlight. At least so far as Tom Gillis is concerned.
Playing in the last group of the day Thursday, Gillis had an eagle putt of roughly 25 feet at the par-5 ninth hole at Waialae Country Club when he told a rules official he couldn’t see the line. Playing competitors Kris Blanks and Kaname Yokoo were inside of Gillis, but chose to finish out.
That left Gillis, the only player left in the field of 144 to record an official first-round score, to come back at 8:30 a.m. and roll the eagle putt. It slid 4 feet past the hole, but when he made the comebacker for a round of 1 over 71, Gillis officially closed the curtain on the first round.
“It was faster than it would have been last night,” Gillis said. “But I just couldn’t see it.”
No such problem this morning. It is, after all, another day in paradise with tropical temperatures and an endless stretch of blue sky.
That has nothing to do with Gillis’ putt, but we figured we’d rub it in a little.