High winds to wreak havoc at Q-School

Wind howls during Round 2 of PGA Tour Q-School at PGA West.

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LA QUINTA, Calif. – Want further proof that the golf gods are a cruel lot? Come to PGA Tour Q-School, where the weather is making one of the year’s most difficult weeks downright tortuous.

The players competing for their careers at PGA West have not been spared from the extremely high winds that are howling across Southern California. La Quinta, PGA West’s hometown, is under a high-wind advisory until 2 p.m. Friday. Thursday’s forecast calls for winds between 25-35 mph, with gusts over 40 mph.

As one caddie joked on the driving range, “It’s a Category 1 hurricane out here.”

The wind’s inconsistent nature means luck is going to play a big part over the next couple of days. It’s going to be hit-and-hope, as players can only pray that a strong gust doesn’t occur while their ball is airborne.

Weather.com called these “some of the worst Santa Ana winds in years.” The sky around PGA West is hazy from all the sand and dirt that’s been lifted into the air. The Associated Press reported that more than 250,000 customers in Southern California were without electricity Thursday morning. The winds caused 23 flights to be diverted, and several delayed, beginning Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport because of severe crosswinds and debris on runways, weather.com reported. Schools in Pasadena and nearby Arcadia were closed due to safety concerns.

Players aren’t in danger at PGA West. Their sanity may be, though.

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