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January 6, 2013

K-State edges OSU

(Continued)

NORMAN —

Poulter’s reply: “missing you.”

The weather was as fickle as ever. One moment, photographers stood behind the first tee under clearing skies to capture idyllic images of the blue Pacific, filled with white caps, and a hint of orange around the puffy clouds. Five minutes later, everyone was scrambling for cover as another rain shower moved in and cut off any view of the water.

But this isn’t about the rain.

“With these gusts, the ball is basically moving on its own,” Hunter Mahan said. “It doesn’t make for good golf, good scores. It’s not fun for anybody out there.”

Mahan has hit three shots this year, and they don’t even count. The scores of the 20 players who finished at least one hole Friday were wiped clean. Mahan was playing with Zach Johnson, whose first putt went 10 feet by the hole. Mahan began to settle over his putt and the wind blew it a few feet closer to hole.

“I knew we were in trouble then,” he said. “I was watching on TV, and I can’t believe we got on the tee box.”

The forecast provided enough optimism that the first round of the year would be completed — finally — on Sunday, and as long as the wind died, there should be enough time to get in 36 holes and head for the Monday finish.

Perhaps that bodes well for Dustin Johnson. He has won the last two 54-hole events on the PGA Tour, at The Barclays in 2011 and the Pebble Beach National Pro-am in 2009.

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