KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — The PGA Tour season is under way with a tee shot from Martin Laird that split the middle of the expansive first fairway at Kapalua in the SBS Championship.
The tournament is only for winners from the previous season, and the 28-man field matches the smallest group since this event moved to Maui in 1999. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson are the only winners who are not playing.
Woods stopped playing at Kapalua after 2005, choosing to take a longer winter break. That break now is indefinite after Woods was engulfed by a sex scandal that led to his confession of infidelity and time off from golf to try to save his marriage.