It’s the toughest test in golf; The U.S. Open. Narrow fairways, small, fast greens and thick rough make for a long round any day. But throw a course like this onto Long Island, NY and you’ve truly got yourself one of golf’s toughest tracks. Shinnecock is a links-style course with a wide-open layout that is very susceptible to strong winds. Unfortunately, that’s what awaits the players this week. We’ve got a comprehensive breakdown of the week’s weather, including players you may want to avoid when stacking your lineups. Let’s get started.
|Thursday||Right off the bat, we’ll tell you that Shinnecock will get some rain on Wednesday. While this won’t help the rough stop growing, it will soften up the course a bit. This will help the Thursday morning tee times for sure. Also a big help to the early risers will be lighter winds. Everyone will have wind to deal with, but it will be lighter in the mornings across the board. Wind will blow in the 7-11 mph range for the morning, mainly from the southwest. However, winds will howl out of the west in the afternoon on the order of 12-17 mph. Higher gusts are also possible, up to 25 mph. This will not only play tricks with ball flight, but help to dry out the course in the afternoon. Temperatures will be comfortable for players both in the morning and afternoon; upper 50s and 60s in the morning and 70s in the afternoon.|
|Friday||The second round will be much tamer than round one. Winds won’t be nearly as strong, maintaining the 8-13 mph range for the morning and afternoon. Winds will blow from a different direction today, out of the northwest instead of the southwest and west like Thursday. Gusts will be a little more prevalent in the afternoon, however we don’t expect them to reach the level of Thursday afternoon. Be aware that the course will have firmed up by now and no tee times will have that much of an advantage. Temperatures will be around the same as Thursday, just a few degrees cooler.|
|Basically the same weather is ahead for both weekend days of the tournament. Hopefully your lineup is still intact and your golfers will be playing for some hardware on Sunday. Winds will blow mainly in the 5-13 mph range for both days with temperatures trending just a little bit warmer, but very comfortable.|
Notable Players with Thursday Afternoon/Friday Morning Tee Times:
Tony Finau, Sergio Garcia, John Rahm, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods, Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker, Keegan Bradley, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer, Kevin Kisner