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Blustery conditions to play their part in Sony Open

Blustery conditions may play havoc as the Waialae Country Club in Hawaii plays host to the first full-field event of the new PGA Tour season.

With gusts of up to 30mph forecast at the 7,068-yard par-70 course, competitors will be looking to wrap themselves up in robust golf clothing.

The adverse weather will favour the more experienced players among the field, in a tournament where inaccuracy off the tee will be severely punished.

Back in 2008, 44-year-old Jerry Kelly found his game tested to the maximum in equally troubling conditions at the course.

However, he managed to card a three-under 67 and did not drop a shot all day.

"It was tough. It's normal Waialae. I mean, this is the way it normally plays," said Kelly. "

"But being lulled to sleep for three days (conditions were relatively benign for the opening 54 holes) made it tougher. I think if we would have been facing this all week, we might have seen more rounds like that.

"But I'll tell you, I'd hate to be a rookie and just all of a sudden see this place on Sunday."

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