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Grand opening delayed a day

Scott Stallings tries to fend off the weather before play at the Tournament of Champions is halted in Kapalua, Hawaii.

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Scott Stallings tries to fend off the weather before play at the Tournament of Champions is halted in Kapalua, Hawaii.

KAPALUA, Hawaii — The start of the PGA Tour season was pushed back a day.

Wind squalls that howled down off the mountains above Maui were so severe Friday that tour officials scrapped the first round of the Tournament of Champions. All scores were erased — only 20 players in the 30-man field had completed a hole — and the round starts over today with 36 holes, weather permitting.

"I can honestly say the forecast isn't real good, but maybe we'll get lucky," said Slugger White, the tour's vice president of rules and competition.

Rickie Fowler and Jason Dufner, in the first group, only made it through eight holes.

It was the first time since the Players Championship in 2005 that a round was wiped clean.

The decision was great news for Scott Stallings, who made quadruple-bogey 8 on the third hole and was 7-over par after four holes. He will tee off as if none of that ever happened. As for U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson?

"It stinks for me," said Simpson, 3 under after seven holes when play stopped.

SANDY HOOK TRIBUTE: J.J. Henry slipped on a white golf cap that prompted questions because of the four letters stretched across the front.

S.H.E.S.

Henry wore the cap during Thursday's pro-am round, the day some 400 students who survived the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School returned to classes at a different school in a neighboring Connecticut town.

Henry grew up in Fairfield, about 20 miles south of Newtown. His aunt lived for years around the corner from Sandy Hook Elementary. Henry doesn't know any of the families in Newtown, but he considers them neighbors.

"This is just a way to honor those families. And growing up there … to have something happen like it did, you're almost at a loss for words," he said.

NEW YEAR'S INVITATIONAL: Toni Hakula shot 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead at 138 through two rounds of the 87th annual tournament at St. Petersburg Country Club.

Adam Schenk shot 67 and was at 5-under 139, tied with Lee McCoy (70).

Michael Monroe tied Hakula for the best round of the day at 65 to tie for fourth at 141 with M.J. Maguire (66) and Blake Morris (72).

Tom Hyland (79—153) led the senior division by a stroke.

Grand opening delayed a day 01/04/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 4, 2013 10:26pm]
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