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.
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.