Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii forced to restart because of bad weather

Last Updated: 05/01/13 8:23pm

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Webb Simpson will have to start all over again in Maui

Webb Simpson will have to start all over again in Maui

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Bad weather wiped out the opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii meaning a clean restart on Saturday.

American Webb Simpson was leading on three under after seven holes when play was stopped, but will be frustrated as his score will be scratched when he gets going again over the weekend.

Simpson said: "We were experiencing huge gusts and we were struggling just to stay upright."

"It started off bad and got worse," Slugger White, the PGA Tour's vice president of rules and operations, told www.pgatour.com. "It was pretty nasty out there."

Play had already been suspended twice because of torrential rain and strong winds blowing up to 45mph before the day was finally scrapped.

It will be the first time since the 2005 Players Championship a round has been restarted.

"It stinks for me," added Simpson, who had his umbrella broken and said he felt like he was "in a hurricane".

"I got off to a great start, but it's how it goes. The good news is, I'm playing well. I'll try to carry it into tomorrow."

Scott Stallings, who was last on the leaderboard at seven over after four holes, added: "I was the biggest benefactor of the whole deal, but I'd like to know how Webb was three under through all that."

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