The first week of the 2013 golf season was anything but boring! Play was supposed to begin at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii on Friday, but Mother Nature would have none of it.
Having played the Plantation course where this tournament was being held, even on a nice, beautiful, no wind kind of day, it’s still quite a challenge. Players were having to deal with very high winds and what some called “hurricane” conditions with the wet and windy weather–gusts of up to 50 MPH!
If you were to drive down to the beach, you would have no idea the weather wasn’t perfect at the golf course! That’s Hawaii for you!
The tournament was delayed and restarted on Monday and Tuesday. They players were able to get in 36 on Monday before playing 18 on Tuesday. Dustin Johnson finished with 16 under par to beat out Steve Stricker who took second place with a 12 under par total.
Stricker, the defending champ, did not make it easy on Johnson. The turning point came on the 13th green when Stricker had a putt to tie Johnson. He missed and Johnson went on to eagle the 14th hole and never look back.
The Tournament of Champions is an exclusive event to kick off the new season. Every player invited to play has to earn their way into the field by winning a tournament the year before. The list of 2012 winners who chose to participate this year include the following: Dustin Johnson, Steve Stricker, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, Tommy Gainey, Carl Pettersson, Ian Poulter, Matt Kuchar, Mark Wilson, Webb Simpson, J.J. Henry, Johnson Wagner, Scott Stallings, Scott Piercy, Nick Watney, Jonas Blixt, Ben Curtis, John Huh, Zach Johnson, Jason Dufner, Charlie Beljan, Bill Haas, Marc Leighman, Hunter Mahan, Ted Potter, Jr., Ryan Moore, George McNeill, and Kyle Stanley.
Johnson won last year’s FedEx St. Jude Classic to qualify for the Tournament of Champions. He’s also the same guy that has come close to winning a couple of Major Golf Tournaments, but always seems to come up just short on Sunday.
He seems to be on his way to big things this year (maybe he’ll get that elusive Major Championship) and if reports are true, he’s now dating “The Great One’s” daughter, Miss Paulina Gretzky. She has been posting photos on her twitter/instagram account of Hawaii and twitter has been all abuzzed about it.
Golf and the daughter of a legendary hockey player meeting….maybe it’s the beginning of a Cinderella Story for Dustin Johnson…or maybe he’s just found his happy place, with Chubbs entertaining them on the piano!