The last major of the year is here, and we couldn’t be more excited about our picks for the next four days. What we aren’t excited about is the weather outlook for the PGA Championship. Rain is in the forecast for most of the tournament, and picking guys who may be less impacted by the weather will be key. We’ll talk about the forecast and give you the tee times and players that could be impacted by adverse weather conditions. Let’s get started.
|Thursday||Out of the first two days of the tournament, this will be the “best” day for the players. Rain chances will hold off until the afternoon, and then they will only be around 50% or so, meaning rain isn’t a foregone conclusion. However, any rain that pops up will most likely be in the form of thunderstorms that could put a halt to play. The morning groups on Thursday will have an even bigger advantage because of the Wednesday rain, so the course will be very receptive to start the tournament. Wind won’t be much of an issue, only blowing at about 5-8 mph during the day.
Players potentially impacted:
1:05 pm - Adam Scott, Luke Donald, Webb Simpson
1:15 pm - Billy Horschel, Si Woo Kim
1:20 pm - Danny Lee, Marc Leishman
1:25 pm - Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner
1:30 pm - Kevin Chappell
1:35 pm - Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy
1:45 pm - Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose
1:55 pm - Daniel Berger, Kevin Kisner
|Friday||The second round will see a little more unsettled weather, with rain chances during the morning and afternoon. The only players with an advantage will be the first ones off the tee in the morning (which basically includes all the players that were highlighted above). Rain is likely through the late morning and early afternoon hours. There is a chance some of these rounds will be delayed and a small chance some players may have to finish their second rounds on Saturday morning. Wind will be mainly light during the day, except near approaching thunderstorms, but the players would be off the course anyway in that event. There won’t be any players that are at a distinct disadvantage since rain chances are spread all throughout the day.
|Saturday||For players making it to the weekend, we expect a dry morning, with a few pop up showers and t-storms during the afternoon. These could halt play for a time, but we don’t expect any large disruptions to the tournament. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 80s and winds will be fairly light during the day.
|Sunday||We’ll basically repeat the forecast from Saturday to the final round Sunday. Not much will change; morning tee times shouldn’t see any rain, while some of the afternoon players could see a shower or two. Temperatures and winds will be virtually the same as well.
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