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April 21 2013

1:45 PM

Hoffman: 'Bring on the wind'

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Charley Hoffman will get his wish in the final round here at Harbour Town.

"I say bring on the wind," he said. "Maybe the wind will blow my ball closer to the hole."

Hoffman is a few minutes from teeing off and the wind is already whipping at 20 mph, and gusts could reach as high as 40-45 mph, which is why the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory until 6 p.m. ET.

No matter to Hoffman, who leads by three and is used to the wind living in Las Vegas.

"I like the wind," he said.

He also has come to like Harbour Town, which wasn't always the case.

"I would say I wasn't mature enough to play this golf course," Hoffman said. "I didn't understand how to play it. I would get frustrated when I hit the fairway and didn't have a shot at the green. Through the years then I took it off because I didn't think it fit my game.

"Once you learn what side of the fairway you need to hit or the green you need to hit, you have a good advantage being a good driver of the golf ball. I learned that this golf course would be good for me."

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