The Southern Swing of the PGA Tour continues with a trip to Florida, and a familiar course to your humble author of this Weather Spotlight. The Copperhead Course is an absolute beast and the late winter weather in Florida can always be a nuisance to players looking to go low. This time, it will be the wind that will be the likely culprit, causing lots of headaches to the pros at Innisbrook. We’re going to break down the forecast for the entire four rounds this weekend and please pay attention to the forecast for the first two rounds. You may want to tailor your lineups and take advantage of those who may avoid the wind.
|Thursday||This will be the trickiest day of weather the golfers will have to face, mainly due to strong winds that will develop during the afternoon. Morning temperatures will be in the low and upper 50s with winds on the order of 5-10 mph, which should be manageable for the pros. However, by the afternoon, stronger winds develop, blowing on the order of 12-17 mph with gusts up to 20-23 mph. This will give a distinct advantage to the players who wrap up their rounds before lunch. Temperatures will rise to the mid 60s by the afternoon.|
|Friday||Weather will be a lot more uniform for both the morning and afternoon rounds. Winds will blow from 7-11 mph for both morning and afternoon, so neither tee time group will have an advantage. Temperatures will range from the low to upper 50s in the morning to the mid 60s in the afternoon.
|Saturday||Temperatures will be a little bit warmer for the third round but winds will be light. Expect winds to blow in the 5-9 mph range for the guys that miss the cut. Temperatures will rise from the upper 60s to the mid 70s with a very low chance of showers late in the afternoon.
|Sunday ||Rain and thunderstorm chances increase for the afternoon on Sunday, which could mean an early final round. They may choose to start the final round early in the day to ensure they get it all in. If they wait, they will more than likely have to finish the final round Monday. In any event, the players will have to deal with breezy conditions, humidity and mild temperatures.