The weather is always a key factor at the British Open. The 2012 tournament played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes is no different.
The first two days are expected to bring about showers before the skies clear up for the weekend.
Here is a day-by-day look at the weather, and how it figures to affect the play at Royal Lytham.
Note: All weather reports courtesy of weather.com.
As of 9 a.m. British time, the temperature came in at 56 degrees. It was mostly cloudy and the humidity was extremely high at 91 percent. As already mentioned, showers have been anticipated Thursday.
The humidity makes that a very real possibility. Winds were very minimal at just five miles per hour stemming from the northeast.
On the day, the high is projected to come in at 60 degrees with a 70 percent chance of showers. The nighttime temperature will drop only slightly but is near certain to lend itself to heavy showers.
The players should not suffer from frostbite as they have at some Open Championships. But staying dry and maintaining a dry ball may not be easy.
Will the weather at Royal Lytham & St. Annes affect the play of the tournament?
The course Friday will be very soft, which should limit distance. It could also be an advantage for accurate players who are able to avoid one of the 200-plus bunkers at Royal Lytham.
Friday is set to feature similar temperatures with an 80 percent chance of rain. The humidity will come in at 81 percent, while the winds will increase slightly to eight miles per hour.
After a night of rain and more rain throughout the day Friday, the course figures to play exceptionally softly. Accurate drivers and iron players will gain a huge advantage on Day 2 at St. Annes on the Sea.
By the first day of the weekend, temperatures will reach 63 degrees. Showers remain a strong possibility, though significantly lessened at 30 percent. Winds will again come in at eight miles per hour.
The wind should have little to no impact. And the lessened chance of rain could speed the grass and aide ball striking.
By Sunday, the rain will be completely gone. Temperatures could reach as high as 67 degrees, while the winds will take over where the rain left off.
At 14 miles per hour, players will have to consider it when hitting high fades and the like. Typical links golf, where players look to avoid bunkers and hit low punch shots will pervade early and often in the final round.