Unpredictably windy afternoon at Sony
HONOLULU – So much for the calm, tranquil mornings that have been around all week here at Waialae Country Club. Players who looked at their first-day morning draw and licked their chops, thinking they’d have scoring conditions to start the Sony Open in Hawaii, have been unpleasantly surprised.
The Trade Winds are up, whipping at 20-25 miles per hour, and so, too, are the scores.
OK, so Carl Pettersson has it to 4 under through 11 holes and Stephen Ames got to that mark on his first nine holes. But the field average for the par 70 course is 71.5, only 15 players are currently under par, and more plentiful are the tales of anguish.
Jesper Parnevik, for one, hit out-of-bounds right at the first hole, made a triple-bogey, and is 7 over through 13. Rich Beem isn’t much better, 6 over through 13 with two double-bogeys already.
D.J. Trahan has five bogeys in 12 holes, D.A. Points is also 5 over, and for this year’s rookie rage, Rickie Fowler, it’s been a rather forgettable start to his card-carrying career.
He drove into a fairway bunker at the 480-yard first hole, made double, and has followed with a three-putt bogey at the fifth and another bogey at the par-4 sixth.
If there’s any good news for the morning crew, it is this: The winds are predicted to remain consistent throughout the day, so they shouldn’t have to worry about the afternoon wave having a big advantage.