PGA Tour: First round of season-opening event finally completed at Kapalua
Last Updated: 08/01/13 6:53am
Dustin Johnson: managed a run of four birdies in the space of seven holes from the 12th onwards
Dustin Johnson, Nick Watney and Mark Wilson were tied for the lead after the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions was finally completed on Monday.
The American trio all signed for scores of 69 in the PGA Tour's weather-hit season-opener at a windswept Plantation Course at Kapalua, Hawaii.
First round leaderboard
(US unless stated)
-4 D Johnson
-4 N Watney
-4 M Wilson
-3 B Curtis
-3 R Fowler
-3 B Snedeker
-3 C Pettersson (Swe)
Attempts to play the first round had to be abandoned on Friday and Sunday due to high winds, while the players didn't even make it out onto the course on Saturday because of the conditions.
Organisers announced they would instead play 36 holes on Monday with a two-tee start for the 30-man, winners-only field, followed by a further 18 on Tuesday.
Wilson was blemish free during his round, managing a pair of birdies on the front and back nine, while Watney carded an eagle at the par-five 18th to push himself up the leaderboard.
They were joined on four under by Johnson, a six-time winner on the Tour who had a run of four birdies in the space of seven holes from the 12th onwards.
"You would think that it could have been a little lower," Johnson said after taking a total of 33 putts. "I had three three-putts, and two of them were from pretty close to the hole.
"It was really hard to get the speed down in this wind. But overall it felt good. I played a pretty good, solid round of golf."
American quartet Ben Curtis, who had been five over after two holes on Sunday, Rickie Fowler, Brandt Snedeker and Bubba Watson were all a shot further back, along with Carl Pettersson of Sweden.
Ian Poulter had also looked set to also be sitting on three under until he bogeyed the par-four 17th, meaning he had to settle for a score of 71.
The Englishman instead found himself in a six-man group on two under that also included two of his rivals from last year's Ryder Cup at Medinah, Keegan Bradley and Steve Stricker.