Day one washed out at Waialae

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The opening round of the Sony Open has been washed out after heavy overnight rain in Hawaii.

The opening round of the Sony Open has been washed out after heavy overnight rain in Hawaii flooded the Waialae Country Club course and made it unplayable.

Tour officials decided it would be impossible to play the first round on Thursday due to waterlogged fairways and bunkers.

“The golf course is under water,” PGA Tour tournament director Mark Russell said. “We’ve got some more rain coming, and we just didn’t think that we could get the course in tournament condition today.”

The plan is to play the opening two rounds on Friday and Saturday, with 36 holes scheduled for Sunday.

The cut will be the nearest number to 60 players, although everyone in the top 70 will get credit for making the cut and will get paid.

Rain is not unusual, although Russell could not remember an entire day being washed out in three decades of working at this tournament.

A Sunday finish is essential as the next PGA Tour event is the Bob Hope Classic, a 90-hole, five-day tournament that begins a day earlier than usual on Wednesday.

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