The full field is finally out on the course at Kapalua, as the wind has subsided a bit to allow the 2013 PGA Tour season to finally begin. It's the third attempt at a start, but with the forecast improving, it's likely that Monday's round will not be scrapped and the 30 competitors will be able to complete 36 holes.
The golfers are playing ball-in-hand and the pins have been placed in relatively open spots on Kapalua's enormous greens, making conditions ripe for lower numbers on what is already one of the easier courses on Tour.
Dustin Johnson, Jason Dufner, and Tommy Gainey have the early lead at 3-under. For the third time, Dufner was first out on the course with Rickie Fowler. The two-time 2012 winner has carded five birdies through his first 14 holes to jump to the top of the leaderboard. Dufner had a break out 2012 season that carried all the way through the Ryder Cup, and it's unsurprising to see the steady Auburn grad once again at the top of the board.
Johnson is another American player getting a ton of buzz at the start of the 2013 season. He reportedly arrived in Maui a full week before the scheduled start of the Tournament of Champions, and Maui local Mark Rolfing said that DJ got in six practice rounds during the week. Johnson went off the back side and carded three birdies in his first six holes to jump to 3-under.