Newcomers Watney and Chopra lead the way at winners-only Mercedes at Kapalua

Scott Verplank was at even-par 73, rattled by a ruling he continued to dispute after his round that cost him a double bogey on the 13th and made him think more about his pre-shot routine than how to play the shot.

With his ball positioned on the slope of the fairway, the wind gusting some 30 mph in his face, his ball moved about a quarter-inch. Verplank did not think he had addressed the ball, but after a discussion with rules official Mike Shea, he was told he caused the ball to move. Verplank played a second ball in protest, but lost the argument after his round.

Tour officials were trying to find video evidence after the round.

"I don't agree with it," Verplank said. "I know right from wrong. I know what happened. If I felt I did anything to make that ball move, give me a penalty. At the time, I didn't think I did anything to make it move."

And one of the most peculiar incidents belonged to Steve Stricker, who rallied from a rough start by playing the final 10 holes in 3 under for an even-par 73. Holding his umbrella, the grip left his hands so slick that he could barely grip the club.

Paul Goydos (81) and Boo Weekley (80) were the only players who failed to break 80, although Weekley saw this coming. He hadn't played much golf in the last month and figured he would be closer to shooting 82 and than 72.

"I ain't played no golf," he said.

Despite the weather, there were plenty of beautiful views, as always, including the surfers that could be seen from 11th green. Weekley, who much prefers a rifle or fishing rod to a surfboard, wanted no part of that.

"If I showed up out there, they'd think I was a whale that got beached," he said, rubbing his belly.

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