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Champions first round cancelled

Scores were scrapped after the first round of the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii was cancelled because of high winds and heavy rain.

Report by BBC SPORT

US Open champion Webb Simpson, who was leading on three under after seven holes, said: “It stinks for me.”

The players who began their rounds had to start again in Kapalua yesterday, with two rounds scheduled.

It will be the first time since the 2005 Players Championship that a PGA Tour round has been restarted. Ian Poulter is the only Briton in a 30-man field which also includes Masters champion Bubba Watson, 2011 USPGA winner Keegan Bradley and defending champion American Steve Stricker.

Play had already been stopped twice in Kapalua by rain and winds of up to 45mph before the first round was finally scrapped.
“It started off bad and got worse,” said Slugger White, the PGA Tour’s vice-president of rules and operations. “It was pretty nasty out there.”

Second-round scores were scrapped after play was suspended because of high winds at the Women’s British Open at Hoylake last year.

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