Mercedes Championships Quick Notes
January 6, 2000
Plantation Course (Par 73), Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii - Thursday - First
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
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
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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