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April 21 2013

11:45 AM

Wind will be a major factor at Heritage

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The wind is already blowing at Harbour Town, and it's only going to increase as the afternoon goes on.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind advisory beginning from 2-6 p.m. ET and is calling for winds out of the northeast at 20-30 mph with gusts as high as 40-45 mph.

The last group of the day, Charley Hoffman and Webb Simpson, will tee off at 1:55 p.m.

Not that Hoffman is concerned.

"Maybe the wind will blow my ball closer to the hole," he joked. "I live in Vegas, it blows out there."

He also won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in 2007 when it was gusting nearly as hard.

But if it gets in the 40-mph range or above, it could become unplayable. That's what happened at Kapalua earlier this year, and here in 2007 when the tournament was forced to a Monday finish because high winds forced the suspension of play in the final round.

"I usually hit the ball solid and control it better in the wind," Hoffman continued. "I say bring on the wind."

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