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Mercedes Championships Quick Notes
January 6, 2000

Plantation Course (Par 73), Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii - Thursday - First Round

Duffy Waldorf (70): "When it's blowing like this the hardest thing to do is aim. On 11, 12 and 13 I thought the wind was hardest. It was really whipping strong. It was draining for me, and I was playing well. You've got to play for some miss out there."

Brad Faxon (72): "I think it got windier as the day went on. It's really easy to miss putts downwind and down-grain. I played very well. I hit a lot of greens today. I actually hit a nine iron from 65 yards on the ninth hole (into the wind). Then I hit one 170 yards on 17 (with the wind). I just wasn't making any putts. I drove it good all day. We'll just have to hang on and see what happens."

Notah Begay (73): "I'm very happy, for sure. Club selection is why it's so tough, and the elevation changes. You've got all these variables you've got to factor in within 45 seconds. It's like being on a game show."

Paul Lawrie (76): "It's obviously windy. I don't play in the wind as much anymore. But it doesn't take long to get back into it. You've just got to knock the ball down a bit."

Dr. Steve Lyons, tropical wind expert from The Weather Channel, says Saturday will probably be the windiest day of the tournament. "The trade winds will blow the entire event, but Saturday they will be 20 mph, with gusts to 30 mph."

Today, the Plantation Course played an average of five and one-half strokes tougher than in the first round of the Mercedes Championships last year when the trade winds didn't blow.

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