Weather will be a factor at PGA Championship
Based on the forecast, it seems as though players could be greeted in a single round with every type of condition the Ocean Course has to offer.
By T.J. Auclair
PGA.com Interactive Producer
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- There's no doubt about it, weather will be a factor in the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course.
There's a chance of scattered thunderstorms throughout PGA Championship week -- common in the area for this time of year. Temperatures will be in the mid-to-high 80s with high humidity.
If the rest of the week is anything like Tuesday's practice round, it seems the players can expect a little bit of everything.
"I teed off this morning at 7 a.m.," said Luke Donald, the world's No. 1-ranked player. "It was a 25 mph wind that lasted about 45 minutes. We got called in for half an hour, came back out, and the wind was completely different and 5 mph. Obviously the conditions are changing from hour to hour, and that's making it difficult, this course. But you catch it yesterday when I played 18 holes, and really barely any wind, and the course offers you some opportunities. You know, under some tougher conditions, this is a very tough test."
At around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, the clouds cleared out briefly to reveal some beautiful sunshine, which also took the temperature up a few degrees. Thirty minutes later, a rumble of thunder shook the ground, followed by heavy rain. Nearly as quickly as it began, the rain disappeared. Until a 11:45, that is, when the thunder started again, torrential rains poured down and players were called off the course due to a dangerous situation with lightening in the area.
"Yeah, the rain is certainly one part of the unique characteristics of playing right on the ocean," said Kerry Haigh, managing director of championships and business development for The PGA of America. "The weather is a very important part of what we'll be looking at all week. In terms of the golf course setup, my best friends this week will be the weather people, Stewart and Brad, who I spend a lot of time with, both in the evenings setting up and in the morning, before we and our rules committee go out and set the golf course up."
All in all, whether it's delays in play, or softening up playing conditions, Mother Nature will play a role in the 94th PGA Championship.