If the current forecast holds up, weather conditions won't be a factor at the 2014 Masters.
All eyes are on Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., this week for the year's first major tournament, where defending champion Adam Scott heads a deep field of golfers.
But before Round 1 tees off on Thursday, let's take a look at what type of weather conditions players and fans can expect from now through Sunday's final round.
|Day (Round)||High (F)||Low (F)||Precipitation %||Wind|
|Thu, April 10 (Round 1)||75||51||0||SSE at 8 mph|
|Fri, April 11 (Round 2)||79||54||0||SW at 11 mph|
|Sat, April 12 (Round 3)||80||56||0||SW at 6 mph|
|Sun, April 13 (Round 4)||81||58||0||SSE at 8 mph|
Despite inclement weather forcing tournament officials to close the gates for Monday's practice round at Augusta (for the first time in 11 years), the forecast appears to be ideal for the remainder of the event.
Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, expressed his disappointment after Monday's suspension of play, per Masters.com: "We are disappointed that our patrons could not enjoy today's practice round, however safety must be our first concern. We look forward to seeing these patrons next year."
While Monday's conditions won't stop fans from enjoying all four rounds this week, it will certainly affect the players, who will have to adjust to the course as it dries out. With plenty of sunshine on the way and high temperatures projected in the upper 70s and low 80s this weekend, the course will play much differently than it did during Tuesday's practice session.
As GolfChannel.com senior writer Jason Sobel points out, golf and the Masters are all about precision:
Just in case you'd like to get your backyard looking exactly like Augusta National, here's the secret formula:— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) April 8, 2014
"Our fairways are mowed at 3/8 inch, the second cut at 1 3/8 inch, the tees at 5/16 inch, the collars at 1/4 inch, the greens at 1/8 inch."— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) April 8, 2014
Still, don't expect any complaints.
According to Weather.com's Golf Index, Thursday's first round will be played under "excellent" conditions, rating a 10 on the scale of 0-10. Zero meaning poor conditions and 10 meaning excellent.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday all rate at nine on the index, meaning that ideal conditions are expected from start to finish at this year's Masters.
With weather conditions often playing a huge role in golf, players and fans have to be pleased with the latest forecast for this week's Masters. Although the slightest change in temperature and wind direction or speed will always be a factor, there'll be plenty of buzz and anticipation at Augusta National over the next four days as the sport's best battle it out under near-perfect conditions.
After 2013's tournament saw rain come into play late, it appears Mother Nature will cooperate in 2014.
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