The fact that the 2013 PGA Tour Starts Off Windy In Hawaii was no surprise to many. The difference this year was that the winds were about 20 to 30 mph stronger than normal at Kapalua. I have actually played many times at the course over the years in windy conditions, but I will tell you that it is very rare that the wind blows that hard. This year, Mother Nature wanted to make sure we were all paying attention.
After several false starts, they were actually able to get the tournament officially under way on Monday. After 36 holes on Monday, they played the final 18 of the shortened tourney yesterday. The tourney was actually closer than the final 4 stroke victory that Dustin Johnson posted. Steve Stricker was once again brilliant in the tourney that he won last year. As a matter of fact, he once again never shot above par all week. That’s pretty impressive for someone who starts the year off injured again. It will be interesting to see how he does at The Sony this week.
Speaking of the winner Dustin Johnson, he was really solid and consistent all week considering the conditions. It appears as if he has really focused on controlling the flight of his ball this year which is why he did so well in these windy conditions. We all know he bombs the ball, but I was really impressed by how he controlled his irons and short game all week. I am looking forward to seeing him win more often as he is really fun to watch when he is going good.
Don’t forget to watch The Sony Open this week as there is a stellar field for this years first full field opener. I am looking forward to seeing John Daly tee it up again, and hoping that he gets a good start to his year too. For many of these players, the Hawaii swing is a favorite. The golfers can take their families on a Hawaii Vacation, and maintain a little anonymity while they are there too.
Watching these 2 Hawaii tournaments may get all of us here in the northwest thinking about a Seattle to Hawaii vacation, and golfing in the sun. Give me a call, and we’ll put together your next Hawaii golf vacation in the sun……
Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!! (Happy New Year)
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