Poulter had to back off six times on a 10-foot birdie putt at the 11th hole. Two holes later, he had hit a beauty of a 4-iron, starting out to the right as the wind brought back toward the flag — and it landed short.
‘‘That’s not golf,’’ Poulter said. ‘‘I don’t know what that is. You saw it. You can’t pull a trigger. You’re taking 20 practice swings because you can’t stand up. I guess what we've done is shown everyone it’s unplayable. In some respect, at least we hit a couple of shots. Three days of sitting in the hotel is not good. At least I've warmed up for something. I'm just not sure what I've warmed up for.’’
Beljan is one of the biggest hitters in golf who never hits a hook, unless the wind blows him off the ball as he says it did on the 10th hole. At least he found his second shot. After the five-minute search ended, a woman found his original tee shot. When she went to show him, she couldn’t find it — that’s how deep the grass was. Beljan played his provisional, took a whack and whiffed. He hammered at it again and moved it back to the fairway, then hit 8-iron from 102 yards.
‘‘I hit it 170, 175 on a normal day,’’ Beljan said.
This was not a normal day. And when they headed back to the hotel on a gorgeous day in Maui, it wasn’t even an official round. So they will try again on Monday. When asked the possibility of 36 holes on Tuesday if the wind doesn’t cooperate, Pazder paused and said, ‘‘Can we save that question for tomorrow?’’