The Web.com Tour kicked off its season in unusual fashion, going with a Sunday opening round at its first stop, the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic. But what was really unusual was the scoring, with strong winds causing most players to post numbers in the 80s and even higher.

That’s right, three players finished their 18-hole rounds with scores of 90 or more, capped by Byron Smith’s 95. The winds were reported to be gusting at times in excess of 40 mph, making conditions extremely difficult even for golfers competing at a level just a rung below the PGA Tour.

Not surprisingly, what with all the lost balls and extra strokes, the round went slowly and was eventually called because of darkness. That might have come as great news for the several dozen players who had yet to complete the first round at the Greg Norman-designed Emerald Reef Course at Sandals Emerald Bay who could take their chances with Monday’s weather, although it is expected to remain windy.

Somehow, Tom Lovelady got around in an even-par 72, which left him the early leader by two strokes over Mexico’s Abraham Ancer, with five players tied for third at four over par. Lovelady, a 23-year-old Alabama native, said afterward that he felt like he had just come out of the ocean.

“I’m kind of used to windy conditions, but this was absurdly windy, it was crazy,” Ancer said. “The golf course is playing extremely hard.”

“I can’t believe I finished,” said Kyle Thompson, one of the players who managed a 76. The 37-year-old, who has played in 54 PGA Tour events, added, “What a tough, tough round of golf.”

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The tournament will end Wednesday, and here’s hoping conditions improve by then. The Web.com Tour’s next stop, the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic (Jan. 22-25) will also feature a Sunday-Wednesday format.