It started at The Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the first event of the 2013 season. Of course on Maui it was wind that was strong enough at times, to blow balls off their putter marks on greens at the outer parts of the golf course. Then it was a fog delay on Saturday at Torrey Pines that forced a goofy Monday finish. And how could we get images out of our mind of the Thursday snow storm at Dove Mountain. The first round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club would suffer two rain delays that would find 4PM on Thursday afternoon with over half of the field never having teed off.
It’s been a crazy year for weather, but it’s Mother Nature, and neither the PGA, The television networks, or Federal Express can do much about it other than just deal with it.
Jason Day, Matt Every, and Kevin Stadler hold a one-shot lead over ten other players, including the world’s number one, Tiger Woods at four under par. Charley Hoffman is in the group at three under par, and seems to be the closest to the club house with thirteen holes in the books.
Tiger Woods, the odds-on favorite going into this event with five wins on the season was fairly quiet as he teed of at number ten this morning, and going par for par through the first four holes. He then went on a tear posting three birdies in a row. He was facing a 15 foot birdie putt when the horn blew for the last weather delay. He missed the putt at the start of play, and goes to the 17th tee at three under par.
Although they had weather delays today, the weatherman is calling for pristine conditions for the remainder of the weekend. Of course, they will have to play out of the hole they are in at this time, but I suspect they will be finished with the first 36 holes, and make the cuts prior to Saturday morning.