Strong winds castigated the TPC of Scottsdale on Thursday, enough to force a stoppage in play in the morning. The difficult conditions persisted throughout the afternoon and while players were able to make their way around the course, the pace of play was hindered by the wind. The first round will resume Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET.
'A weather delay because of wind says it all,' said Cink. 'It's only happened to me one other time, at the British Open in '98. Now I've got two.'
Hart started on the back side and hit a 9-iron inside 8 feet for a birdie at the par-4 17th. Hart then drained a 30-foot putt for a birdie at the very next hole.
The 36-year-old played his second shot within 4 feet of the hole at the par-5 third and converted the short eagle try to reach 4 under. He then played his approach to 18 feet for a birdie at the par-4 fifth, but almost found trouble at the following hole.
Hart was scrambling at the par-4 sixth and left his third shot just off the green, but he chipped in to save par. Hart wasn't as fortunate at the ninth, however, and a three-putted from the fringe for a closing bogey.
'If you would have told me I would only make one bogey out there today before I started, I would have taken it,' said Hart. 'I've always considered myself a good wind player. It doesn't mean I always play well when the wind blows, obviously.'
Cink, the 10th-ranked player in the world, hit his tee shot to 20 feet for a birdie at the par-3 fourth, but he gave that shot back with a bogey at the fifth. Cink recovered at the ninth and hit a 4-iron into the wind that landed within 5 feet of the hole.
He rolled in the birdie try and added a birdie at the 11th to get to 2 under. Cink stumbled with a bogey at the 14th, but tallied back-to-back birdies from the 16th to finish within one shot of Hart.
Mahan birdied three in a row starting at the par-5 third to quickly move to minus-3. Mahan then mixed a pair of birdies with a couple of bogeys on the inward half for his 68.
Heath Slocum was through 16 holes at 3 under par when play was called for the day. Charles Warren was also at minus-3 through 13 holes.
Hank Kuehne completed a round of 2-under-par 69 on Thursday. John Rollins, Michael Allen, Franklin Langham and Brett Quigley finished at 1-under-par 70.
World No. 1 Vijay Singh collected three birdies and three bogeys to join Ted Purdy and Daniel Chopra at even-par 71.
'Normally it blows and the rains are coming down, but this was very unusual, clear skies, beautiful weather, but it's just so windy. I think the greens were a little too fast, as well,' said Singh, a two-time winner of this event. 'But we managed to get out there and finished, and I'm glad I finished.'
Defending champion Jonathan Kaye is in the clubhouse at 2-over-par 73. Phil Mickelson is at plus-2 through 16 holes.