Last week, THE PLAYERS dealt with some really strong winds during the weekend rounds that derailed a lot of players’ hopes of winning the tournament. This week will be no different, as the Tour heads to northern Texas for the AT&T Byron Nelson. This tourney is the site of some very memorable moments in Tour history, and we hope to see some more. But players will have to contend with some very strong wind, rain chances, and of course some sweltering heat during the next four days.
|Thursday||The first two rounds will see the most extreme conditions this week. The first round will feature a southerly wind at 15-20 mph with higher gusts at times. This has basically been the prevailing wind for the first three days this week so the players won’t be unfamiliar with it. Temperatures will be hot, too. Morning temps will be near 80, with highs in the afternoon near 90. Rain chances will crop up mainly in the afternoon as well. They will be very isolated, so a delay in play is possible, but not likely.|
|Friday||Rain chances will be higher for Friday, and we do expect a stoppage or two in play here. These stoppages will be mainly in the late morning or afternoon. Winds will still be strong blowing from the south and southwest at 15-20 mph with higher gusts. The rain and clouds will do one good thing for the players, cool the temperatures down a bit for the afternoon. Morning temps will be in the upper 70s with afternoon highs in the mid 80s.
|Saturday||The first day of the weekend could be an absolute soaker. Showers and t-storms are likely for the late morning and afternoon, lingering into the evening. Some of the storms we get here could be strong or severe, causing some damage to the course. We don’t expect a lot of golf to be played by the leaders, so a little double duty will probably be pulled on Sunday. Winds won’t be as strong, unless we see thunderstorms, and will blow south and southwest at 10-15 mph. Temperatures will be cooler as well, with afternoon temps in the low 80s.
|Sunday||The weather will be much improved on Sunday, with rain moving out, cooler temperatures and a lot less wind. Afternoon temperatures will be near 80, which is really nice for north Texas in May. The winds will also die down, but blowing from a different direction. A north wind at 10 mph will prevail for Sunday, but that’s very manageable by touring pro standards.
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