Tracker: Play canceled again, sets up Tuesday finish

Bubba Watson pretends to tee off as his caddie Ted Scott holds a finger on the ball to keep it from blowing away on the 10th hole during the replay of the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The tournament didn't end until Tuesday.

Are you ready for . . . Opening Day?

Well, nevermind.

After 22 players had teed off and completed a handful of holes on Sunday, the wind kicked up yet again at the Plantation Course and caused PGA Tour officials to cancel play and send the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to a Tuesday finish in Kapalua, Hawaii.

Officials are calling for 36 holes of play on Monday and the final 18 holes on Tuesday. This is all, of course, weather permitting.

Play was supposed to start at 7:10 a.m. HST on Sunday morning, with the hope of getting in 36 holes. Before any player even showed up to hit on the range, officials had pushed tee times back by four hours.

At 11:10 a.m. HST, Rickie Fowler did hit the season's opening shot . . . again. But this one will be wiped out as well.

Here is how the day unfolded in Hawaii:

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Update #20: 7:02 p.m. EST

The last Tuesday finish was in 2006 at the Booz Allen Classic.

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Update #19: 6:49 p.m. EST

For those interested, the weather forecast on Monday is very similar to that of Sunday: Winds of 16-20 mph, a 30 percent chance of rain and temperatures in the mid to high 70s.

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Update #18: 6:45 p.m. EST

Slugger White, vice president of rules and competition for the PGA Tour, told the media after Sunday's round was canceled: Gusts at Kapalua about 48 mph. If winds stayed sustained at 25 or 30 mph we could have kept playing, but not with those gusts.

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Update #17: 5:23 p.m. EST

Play has been suspended yet again, with the wind at the highest points of the course blowing around 60 mph.

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Update #16: 5:20 p.m. EST

Scott Stallings had the wind bite him on the par-3 11th hole, with his putt coming up about a foot short, but as he was trying to avoid his playing partner's line before marking it, the ball moved to about 7 feet away from the hole.

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Update #15: 5:08 p.m. EST

With a bogey at No. 13, Matt Kuchar falls back to even par and no one is under par for the tournament.

Carl Pettersson had a less-than-ideal start to his season, picking up a triple-bogey at No. 10, while Ben Curtis had a double-bogey on the same hole.

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Update #14: 4:54 p.m. EST

Ian Poulter is being very deliberate today, obviously still holding onto his thoughts that the wind is too dangerous to play in because the ball can move in your downswing. He backed off his putt at No. 11 numerous times, marking and re-marking his ball.

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Update #13: 4:31 p.m. EST

The first bogey of the year went to Rickie Fowler, and he also picks up the first birdie of the 2013 season, draining one at No. 2 to get back to even. Players are obviously a bit displeased to be playing in these gusts.

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Update #12: 4:23 p.m. EST

From 97 yards, Matt Kuchar has to use an 8-iron to even get to the green with his second shot on No. 10. Yes, an 8-iron.

Over at No. 1, both Jason Dufner and Rickie Fowler bogey the opener. Fowler had nearly 270 yards into the long par 4 after nearly duffing his opening tee shot.

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Update #11: 4:15 p.m. EST

With a 3-wood off the first tee, Rickie Fowler has officially hit the first shot of the PGA Tour season - of course, as long as the weather doesn't render this round meaningless again.

Meanwhile, Matt Kuchar has to call an official after his ball blows off his tee at No. 10. The trees are simply rattling behind Kuchar, who is playing without a hat due to the high winds.

Ian Poulter joins the group on the tee and questions whether they should be playing, noting that he could injure himself if the ball blows off the tee during a downswing.

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Update #10: 4 p.m. EST

Looks like the PGA Tour is tired of waiting and will give it a go at 11:10 a.m. HST.

Slugger White, vice president of rules and competition for the PGA Tour, told the media moments ago: "We'll talk to the players and let them know we might have some balls moving out here, but we'll just have to deal with it."

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Update #9: 3:50 p.m. EST

Our Jim McCabe has surveyed the opening hole at Plantation, and he seems to be one of the only ones:

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The wind seems to be keeping the fans away from the first tee box as well, only 40 minutes prior to the first tee ball of the 2013 season.

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Update #8: 3:05 p.m. EST

The players are getting a bit creative as they wait to tee off at (hopefully) 11:10 a.m. HST. While Jason Dufner shows little emotion on the course, he is pretty funny on Twitter.

@JasonDufner: I just asked @Keegan_Bradley if the Celtics played the Patriots in football who would u root for? Answer.. Celtics. I am telling Tom Brady!

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Update #7: 2:35 p.m. EST

Some of the PGA Tour players could have a second career in comedy. Well, maybe not, but here are some good one-liners via Twitter this morning:

@bubbawatson: I say let us play golf in the wind, better for tv. Golf balls blowing around on the greens will get the viewers & ratings for tv! #urwelcome

@IanJamesPoulter: I wish I owned a wind farm on this Maui, I would have made a fortune the last couple of days. 45 mins to tee off nobody moving anywhere.

@RickieFowlerPGA: Normally I'd be getting some orange pants ready...instead I'm just getting ready in general #winddelays #playwhenwegettoplay

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Update #6: 2:25 p.m. EST

The 48-hour delay looks like it is getting to some of the players.

@IanJamesPoulter: 30 players just want to play some golf. 30-50MPH winds stopping us from Starting. Crazy. Such a shame.

It's also getting to some of the media types in Kapalua.

@RichLernerGC: In the broadcast booth right of 18 and winds are rattling the walls like a heavy metal drummer.

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Update #5: 2:15 p.m. EST

From our Jim McCabe: It’s as if Groundhog Day has arrived in paradise. The calendar says it’s Sunday, but it sure feels like Saturday. Or Friday. Wake up, feel the fury of wind, watch players walk around with long faces, listen to PGA Tour officials tell you play remains suspended.

Check out his full report on the weather delays and whether a Tuesday finish is a possibility.

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Update #4: 1:40 p.m. EST

Looks like the 5-hour time difference isn't keeping some of the players from taking in the Baltimore vs. Indianapolis NFL Wild Card playoff game.

@HunterMahan: “@caseywasserman: @HunterMahan Two NFL playoff games is a good day to have a golf round cancelled at least!” Correct!

@JasonDufner: Anybody think Pagano had some good insight into how to bust up the Baltimore defense?

Meanwhile, others are already thinking about what they can put in their belly:

@IanJamesPoulter: My caddy just said don't know what to do shall we get some lunch.. @terrymundy it's 8.30 in the morning. I know it's been long day already.

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Update #3: 1:15 p.m. EST

Some of the most interesting commentary comes directly from the players themselves. Here are a couple of good ones from Twitter after being told there would be yet another delay (now nearing a 48-hour rain delay) . . .

@bubbawatson: 4 hour delay here in maui!! #BackToSleep

@DJohnsonPGA: Gonna be a long day!!! #betterlatethannever

@IanJamesPoulter: Up and about and Im not sure the wind has dropped at all from yesterday. My bedroom window is still getting smashed by the wind.

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Update #2: 12:40 p.m. EST

11:10 a.m.: Rickie Fowler, Jason Dufner

11:10 a.m.: Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson

11:20 a.m.: Keegan Bradley, John Huh

11:20 a.m.: Ian Poulter, Jonas Blixt

11:30 a.m.: Marc Leishman, Ted Potter, Jr.

• 11:30 a.m.: Kyle Stanley, Scott Stallings

• 11:40 a.m.: George McNeill, Ryan Moore

11:40 a.m.: Ben Curtis, Mark Wilson

11:50 a.m.: Johnson Wagner, J.J. Henry

• 11:50 a.m.: Carl Pettersson, Scott Piercy

12:00 p.m.: Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan

• 12:00 p.m.: Charlie Beljan, Tommy Gainey

12:10 p.m.: Bill Haas, Nick Watney

• 12:10 p.m.: Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson

• 12:20 p.m.: Brandt Snedeker, Steve Stricker

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Update #1: 12:25 p.m. EST

With wind still wreaking havoc at Plantation, the first tee time has been pushed back to 4:10 p.m. EST. Forecasts continue to call for 30 percent of showers and steady winds all day.

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Saturday

WAITING GAME: For a second straight day, ferocious winds had forced PGA Tour officials to scrap play in the season-opener, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Story.

• TOUGH TASK: The plan now is to play 36 holes Sunday and 18 holes Monday. With the forecast calling for 15-25-mph winds, with gusts up to 30, and little less moisture, golf is likely. The next problem could be stamina - not so much for the players but their caddies. Story.

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Friday

A CIRCUS: Our Alex Miceli says that the PGA Tour should listen to Carl Pettersson's sentiments after Friday's Round 1 washout in Hawaii: “Are we trying to identify the best player this week, or are we just trying to finish?” Commentary.

DO-OVER: Two hours into its 2013 season, the PGA Tour had to call things to a halt. Blame it on trouble in paradise – bizarre weather conditions that veteran residents of Maui insist they have never seen before. Story.

• IN THEIR HONOR: Connecticut native J.J. Henry, who grew up about 20 miles away from Newtown, will honor the 26 victims of the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting with 'S.H.E.S.' on the side of his hat. Story.

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Thursday

PREDICTIONS: The 2013 PGA Tour season is set to kick off Friday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and our crew of fantasy experts lines up Scott Piercy as one of the early favorites in Kapalua, Hawaii. Picks.

• STANDS BY HIMSELF: Rickie Fowler, whose preparations for the Tour's opener in Hawaii aren't necessarily confined to the practice range, stands out among his touring-pro brethren. Above all, though, he wants to win. Story.

STICKING WITH DECISION: Steve Stricker, a soon-to-be 46 year-old, says he has done almost all he set out to accomplish in the world of golf and his focus going forward is to spend more time with his family and give back to the community of Madison, Wis. Story.

MORE THAN A HERO: "He's a Ryder Cup hero. That defines who he is." Ian Poulter appreciates that notion, but feels that many ignore his success outside the biennial event. Story.

'SURPRISE:' Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter was questioned about Tom Watson as the next U.S. captain: “You're lining me up there to be absolutely crucified. I wasn't expecting it. So I guess it's a little surprise . . .” Story.

ON AN ISLAND: Carl Pettersson thinks the PGA Tour players who use belly or long putters are in this fight by themselves. "If they didn't use a short putter, why would they care?" Story.

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Wednesday

TRIP TO PARADISE: While the marquee names of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy or Phil Mickelson won't be found at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions this week, there are still many PGA Tour stars that will try to start the season off right in Hawaii this week. Story.

WHO'S FAVORED? It appears Las Vegas is hedging its bets partly because of the size and quality of the Hyundai TOC field making six players, Matt Kuchar, Jason Dufner, Steve Stricker, Ian Poulter, Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson co-favorites at 12-1. Odds.

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