* Officials aim to end 54-hole event on Tuesday (Updates after play is abandoned for the day)
Jan 6 (Reuters) - Mother Nature again turned nasty at the PGA Tour's season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Sunday, forcing play to be abandoned for a third consecutive day due to strong gusting winds.
A little more than an hour of the already long-delayed first round was possible before officials halted the action at the Kapalua Resort, scrapping the scores and aiming for a Tuesday finish to a 54-hole event.
Thirty-six holes are planned for Monday with a two-tee start for the 30-man, winners-only field, followed by 18 holes the following day.
"We tried," Slugger White, the PGA Tour's vice president of rules and competition, told reporters. "We were on the edge when we started out at 11:10 and we were probably okay for about 30-45 minutes.
"And then the bottom fell out. We were having gusts out there of about 48 miles per hour. Balls were blowing off the green and we couldn't even get balls to come to rest on the 12th green when we stopped.
"It started off bad and got worse. We washed the round out today and we're going to try again." (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue)