ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Many people thought players with early tee times Thursday and late tee times Friday would have a distinct advantage in this year’s Open Championship, what with ideal conditions yesterday morning and steady rain Friday morning. But that possibly could change with a dodgy weather forecast for this afternoon.
When first-round leader Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods go off at 1:31 p.m. and 2:20 p.m. local time, respectively, they may face a stiff test from Mother Nature. The forecast calls for patchy rain and wind at 10-15 mph, gusting from 25-30 mph from the west/northwest.
The wind is forecasted to switch to the southwest later in the afternoon, increasing to a consistent speed of 20-25 mph and gusting to 30-35 mph.
Wind is one of the only defenses the Old Course has, and a southwest wind means players will be playing into the wind for most of the back nine.