It’s not a major, but this is a tournament golf fans circle on their calendar every year. It’s the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the TPC Scottsdale, home to the loudest, rowdiest bunch of fans you can imagine at a golf tournament. Much of the ballyhoo takes place at the Par-3 16th hole, where more than 15,000 spectators will feed off of the atmosphere (and maybe a few adult beverages) to make it one of the most entertaining holes in all of golf. This time of year, the weather in the Desert Southwest can be tricky, as rounds have been delayed due to frost or high winds in recent years. However, this year, a beautiful forecast is expected. Better yet, there won’t be much change from day to day, so players will get to play in basically identical conditions, no matter when they tee off. Let’s get to the forecast for the next four days in the desert.
|Thursday-Friday||Temperatures and wind will be very similar for the first two days of competition. Morning temps will run from the mid 50s to mid 60s, with winds at around 5 mph for the AM tee times. Afternoon temps for both Thursday and Friday will be in the low to mid 70s with winds freshening to the 5-10 mph range. This is still perfectly manageable for touring pros, and pretty benign by Monterey standards.
|Saturday-Sunday||There will be a little bit more wind to deal with for the weekend, especially in the afternoon. Temperatures will be a little cooler, too. Expect morning temperatures in the low 50s to low 60s, with afternoon temperatures increasing only to the upper 60s. Winds will be the major change, with a little bit more for the afternoon, blowing at around 10-15 mph at times. While this is an increase from the first two days, this shouldn’t be a huge problem. However, morning tee times on Saturday will have a slight edge.