Sony Open's first round washed out

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, Last Updated: 2:44 PM ET

HONOLULU -- Heavy rain Thursday washed out the first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

According to the PGA Tour's on-site meteorologist, Stewart Williams, two inches of rain fell on Waialae Country Club on Wednesday, pushing the total for the week to over four inches.

Persistent rain early Thursday initially caused a one-hour delay. Tour officials pushed the delay to four hours before eventually calling action for the day just after 1:00 p.m. (et), 8:00 a.m. Hawaiian time.

The plan at this point is to play the first round Friday and the second round on Saturday. Officials are hoping to squeeze in 36 holes of action on Sunday.

However, the forecast calls for scattered showers to last into Friday morning. Saturday and most of Sunday look to be dry, but more showers are possible late Sunday, which could force the final round into Monday.

Defending champion Ryan Palmer is looking to become the first player to repeat as champion since Ernie Els did so in 2003-04.

The field has already lost two bigger names as Dustin Johnson withdrew earlier in the week due to personal reasons and Ricky Barnes pulled out early Thursday with a back problem, according to his Twitter feed.


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