Tag:weather forecast
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:07 pm

BMW Championship starts with chill in Illinois

LEMONT, Ill. -- There's been a lot of chatter about the revamped golf course this week at the BMW Championship. Now there's some chatter about another issue out of the players' control.

Teeth-chattering weather.

The cold front that zapped much of the northern interior states Wednesday night didn’t miss the Chicago area, knocking the overnight temperatures into the mid-30s and giving the final week of summer a distinctly fall flavor in the first round of the tournament at Cog Hill on Thursday.

As the 70-man field teed off, the temperatures had warmed to 50 degrees, but a 15 mph wind made it even cooler for those whose drives found shady areas on the venerable public-access venue.

Eventually, the weather is expected to warm to 64 degrees, meaning positively delightful weather for those in the sunshine.

Hey, more incentive for players to hit the fairways, right?

Similar weather is expected into the final round on Sunday, when a 30 percent chance of rain is in the early forecast.

Most of the marquee groups tee off shortly before noon, with the bombers trio of Phil Mickelson, Gary Woodland and Bubba Watson slotted for 12:48 p.m. ET. The top three in FedEx Cup points, Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar, start off the 10th tee at 11:53 a.m. ET.

Posted on: June 3, 2011 10:18 am

Weekend could pack a jolt for Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio -- Over the years, the Memorial Tournament has had some interesting things tossed at it by Mother Nature.

Insane rains that shortened the tournament to 54 holes, chattering cicada insects that show up every few years and generate a deafening din, and even some occasionally cold spring weather.

But not this year. At least, so far.

Friday's second round was expected to produce perfect temperatures and moderate cloud cover with only a slight chance of rain and mid-70s on the thermometer, but players better harvest some birdies while they have the chance, because the forecast going forward looks a little dicey.

There's a chance of thunderstorms in both the second and third rounds, however, and temperatures are expected to soar near 90 degrees on Saturday.

The possibility exists that tee times might be moved up to dodge the storms if the weather forecast later Friday continues to indicate that Saturday's afternoon play is at risk of electrical interruption.

Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:07 am

Welcome sight at Memorial: Clear skies, sunshine

DUBLIN, Ohio -- Jack Nicklaus is considered a veritable deity in most golf circles, so it stands to reason that he might have earned some pull with the atmospheric gods upstairs.

The weather forecast for the first round of the Memorial Tournament could best be described as idyllic, to say the least.

Thursday's prediction calls for warm temperatures in the mid-70s into the late afternoon, with only a 25 percent chance of showers at worst during the latter stages of the day.

Weather has often been an issue at the Memorial, but the four-day forecast is calling for increasingly warm temperatures. After weeks of record-breaking rain in the region, the course has dried out, the rough is thick and Nicklaus, the host this week, has the venue dialed in just like he wants it.

Posted on: May 13, 2011 9:53 am

Sawgrass: Let it burn, baby, burn

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- One of the most attractive benefits of moving the Players Championship from March to May was the weather.

The month of March was plagued by rain, with Monday finishes, play forever being delayed, and lightning warnings. No such issues these days, unless brain-boiling sunshine is considered detrimental.

For the second day in a row, the Friday weather forecast at TPC Sawgrass is for warm and warmer, with temperatures climbing to 90 degrees in the shade in the afternoon, when the greens will be tan and crispy and scores wil start climbing north. No rain is in the forecast and the breezes aren't expected to top single-digits off the Atlantic Ocean.

The chance of rain is 10 percent.
Posted on: April 10, 2011 11:29 am

Masters Sunday: Bring earplugs, sunscreen

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- As thought there isn't enough heat on the back nine on Sunday normally?

The weather forecast for the final round in the Augusta National area looks more like a midsummer day's dream.

By the time the leaders are playing the back nine, temperatures are expected to soar into the low 90s in the sunshine, and the fans standing in the pines will be suffering along at 86 degrees in the shade at 5 p.m. ET.

The good news is that for the first time in three days, there's virtually no chance of rain projected during the back-nine fireworks. Saturday's forecast called for a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms, but the event dodged the heavy stuff and there have been no weather-associated delays all week.

In other words, the only claps will come from the gallery, not thunder.

Category: Golf
Posted on: April 9, 2011 8:39 am

Halfway home, a halfway chance of rain at Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Masters dodged the weather bullet in the second round.

Another day of similar luck might be asking a bit much.

With the third round set to begin on Saturday morning, the forecast for the Augusta National area was spotty to say the least, with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms -- and attendant suspensions of play -- starting at 3 p.m., when leaders will be in the middle of their third rounds.

It'll be warm and muggy regardless of whether the rain comes, with the forecast calling for temperatures in the mid-80s most of the day.
Posted on: April 7, 2011 7:02 am
Edited on: April 7, 2011 7:08 am

Masters weather: Sunny with chance of birdies

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It's not exactly difficult to find the best terms to describe the forecast for the first round of the Masters Tournament.

Perfect will suffice. Ideal isn't bad, either.

It's hard to beat what's in Thursday's projection, according to a variety of local and national reports, which ought to seriously ingite the scoreboard.

Day one of the Masters is expected to produce only slight winds at 9 mph and temperaturers hovering aroind 80. The forecast calls for a zero-percent chance of precipitation. In other words, Masters officials have had every opportunity to dial up the course exactly as they see fit.

However, the early forecast for Friday has changed. The projection now calls for a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms.

Call it an educated guess, but unless Masters officials bury flags in the corners of greens, the leader tonight ought to be somewhere around 7 under.
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