Maui wind a harsh reminder of 2012 at Humana Challenge

It’s been difficult to watch the Hyundai Tournament of Champions the first three days of the tournament because nothing that has happened actually happened. Remarkably strong winds have hit the island and twice force tournament officials to wipe out what small amount of play had taken place on the day. One day there was no play at all because of the wind.

The damage to a Humana-sponsored tent at the Humana Challenge from a windstrom at the event last year (Desert Sun file photo)

But what also made it difficult to watch the Hawaiian tournament was flashbacks to the 2012 Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. A tournament noted for its great weather, the desert’s PGA Tour event has hit by some of the strongest winds anyone can remember during the third round of last year’s event.

Scoreboards fell down, tree were uprooted and the scoring signed carried by volunteers were in danger of becoming flying weapons against players, caddies and gallery. When play was suspended, the damage to the course and its building was pretty evident.

The strange thing about that day was the weather had started out perfectly calm in the morning. But within an hour of the time the wind started to b low, play was suspended for the day. Golfers came back to finish their round the next morning before the fourth round on Sunday.

It was the wildest day of weather in the history of the tournament, easily surpassing the three days in event history when rain caused full-day delays and Monday finishes.

It looks like play will be uninterrupted today in Maui. Let’s hope the same is true for the Humana Challenge next week.