Monday finish for TOC
Last updated: 6th January 2013
Weather permitting, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions - which has been reduced to a 54 hole tournament - will now finish on Monday.
It is hoped that 36 of those holes will be played on Sunday and the remaining 18 on the Monday. This is the first time the tournament has been reduced to 54 holes since 1997.
Slugger White, the USPGA Tour's vice president of rules and competition, said organisers had done all they could to try and get play underway on Saturday. However, it just wasn't possible.
"We tried as best we could," said Slugger White.
When players attempted a few holes on Friday, it was virtually impossible to judge any of their putts on the front nine - the wind just dragged the balls across the green.
However, on Saturday it was the back nine which was a glaring concern for organisers, as those holes were more exposed to the heavy winds.
"On the 10th hole, we dropped a ball on the back of the green and it rolled 20 yards off the front," said White.
Generally the players agreed that tournament organisers made the right decision when they opted to cancel play on Saturday.
Said Brandt Snedeker: "It's just a little too windy out there for us to play,"
"If the course wasn't so exposed, it wouldn't be a problem. But you have a lot of greens exposed to 40 mph (65 kph) wind gusts. It's tough to make that call. They did the right thing. We had to try to play today if we wanted to try to get 72 holes in," he added.
White also indicated that when play commences on Sunday, shuttle rides would be considered for caddies, as the topography at the Plantation Course would be difficult to deal with over 36 holes of golf.
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