POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 06, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 03:09 a.m. HST, Jan 06, 2011
Geoff Ogilvy's reign at Kapalua could be over before the PGA Tour season starts today at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on the Plantation Course.
Ogilvy needed 12 stitches in his right index finger Tuesday after falling on the beach. He withdrew from yesterday's pro-am, but told the Golf Channel he plans to hit his first tee shot today before deciding whether to withdraw.
There are 34 players in this event, open only to last year's winners. If Ogilvy withdraws, he would still make $70,000 in unofficial earnings and earn FedEx Cup points.
He is scheduled to go out last today with 2003 champion Jim Furyk, at 1 p.m. If Ogilvy does not play, officials plan to replace him with a marker (a player not in the competition). It could be Hawaii pro Dean Wilson, who is warming up for next week's Sony Open in Hawaii.
Former Sony champ Zach Johnson came to Kapalua with an injured right toe, suffered last weekend while he was vacationing on Grand Cayman Island. Johnson said he would attempt to play in sandal spikes.
Beautiful weather -- even for Maui -- and an unusually large Wednesday crowd welcomed the inaugural FedEx Cup Kick-Off yesterday afternoon. A few hundred people filled the bleachers around the first tee to listen to Hawaiian music and take in other entertainment.
When the Golf Channel broadcast came on, a few hundred more were on the 18th fairway and hanging out at the restaurant for the long drive contest. Participants were the PGA Tour's three biggest hitters last year -- Robert Garrigus, Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson -- and two-time Re/Max World Long Drive champion Jamie Sadlowski.
Sadlowski, 22, who grew up playing hockey in Alberta, Canada, beat out the big boys. His three drives on the downhill, downwind par-5 finishing hole measured 402, 396 and 407 yards. Watson was second, at 334, 352 and 347 yards.
Garrigus averaged 315.5 yards last year to lead the tour. Michelle Wie led the LPGA -- by almost 10 yards -- at 274.5.
The Kick-Off closed with a Charity Challenge that included PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem (for one hole), surfer Kelly Slater, actor Craig T. Nelson and rocker Alice Cooper. Teams played for Boy Scouts of America (Maui County Council), Hale Makua Health Services, Lahainaluna High School Foundation and Maui Family Support Services.
Hyundai Hope on Wheels donated $50,000 to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children yesterday. The donation is to help the center and its partner, Maui Memorial Medical Center, continue their efforts to fight childhood cancer.