After severe weather forced tour officials to cancel partial scores from Friday’s opening round of the Tournament of Champions and restart it on Saturday, severe weather forced two more delays today.
The first round round was supposed to kick off at 12:30 p.m. ET (7:30 a.m. local time) Saturday but continuing gusty blasts from Mother Nature led to another hour delay, and then another. The revised first round was slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET but the tourney tweeted prior to that time that strong winds and heavy rain would push it back yet another hour.
HTOC weather: Strong trade winds of 25-40mph will gust higher at times today with frequent rain squalls + brief heavy downpours. #pgatour— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 5, 2013
Another hour delay @hyundaitoc1, first tee time now 9:30 am HT, 2:30 pm ET— HyundaiTOC (@HyundaiTOC1) January 5, 2013
But wait! The broken record continues. GolfChannel.com's Jason Sobel reports that the season won't start until 10:30 a.m. local time -- the third halt to action that, actually, has yet to start.
Stop me if you've heard this one: Tee times have been moved back an hour. Again. Third time today. Now 10:30 a.m. local time start.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) January 5, 2013