Weather becoming big factor at St. Andrews

Louis Oosthuizen hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the British Open.

Louis Oosthuizen hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the British Open.


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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.

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