For those who think the PGA Tour season never ends, here's a new twist: This one can't get started.
The season-opening Tournament of Champions was postponed for the second consecutive day because of gusts that topped 40 mph and made it impossible to play golf. Unlike the previous day when 24 of the 30 players managed to tee off, no one hit a shot Saturday on the Plantation Course at Kapalua (Hawaii).
"We tried as best we could," said Slugger White, the tour's vice president of rules and competition.
Play was delayed three times before it was called for the day.
The season now starts Sunday -- that's when most tournaments end -- with hopes of playing 36 holes, followed by an 18-hole finish Monday.
The wind has been relentless for two days, and it was clear early Saturday that there would be trouble. The back nine is higher up the mountain and more exposed. White and the rules officials found that golf balls kept moving on the 10th, 11th and 13th holes.
"On the 10th hole, we dropped a ball on the back of the green and it rolled 20 yards off the front," White said.
He said the wind caused another ball to roll uphill.
The forecast is slightly better for Sunday and Monday, with strong wind in the morning gradually abating through the day.
"It's just a little too windy out there for us to play," Brandt Snedeker said. "If the course wasn't so exposed, it wouldn't be a problem. But you have a lot of greens exposed to 40 mph wind gusts. It's tough to make that call. They did the right thing."
The tour opted last year for a Monday finish to try to stay away from NFL playoffs, and finish before the BCS championship game. The Sony Open in Honolulu starts Thursday, and it's no small task to get the television and other tournament equipment to another island.
If the tournament doesn't end by midafternoon Monday, the Sony Open would have a limited TV operation for its opening round Thursday. The only way the Tournament of Champions would stretch into Tuesday would be if 54 holes could not be completed. Then, there would be no television coverage.
"It's a unique situation," said Andy Pazder, chief of operations for the tour. "It's a 16-hour barge trip, in good weather."
He is from Northern Ireland and is eligible to compete for either Britain or Ireland when golf returns to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He said he may miss the games to avoid having to choose.
"If I could and there was a Northern Irish team, I'd play for Northern Ireland," he said.