The excitement for the 2014 edition of the Masters Tournament has golf fans around the world ready for several days of intense action, but there is always a focus on the weather heading into this event.
The year’s first major tournament takes place at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., and after over an inch of rain on Monday that suspended practice sessions, the focus is on the conditions during the main rounds from Thursday to Sunday.
WLTX meteorologist Amy Aaronson broke down the Day 1 forecast from her perspective:
While the rain on Monday has many golfers, spectators and organizers worried a bit by the weather, the forecast from Weather.com predicts that this week will be full of sunshine, and there should be no issues with Mother Nature.
Here is the full forecast, a breakdown of what to expect during the tourney and a full leaderboard so fans can follow along with the live scores at home or on the go.
|Latest Forecast for 2014 Masters Tournament|
|Day (Round)||High (F)||Low (F)||Precipitation %||Wind|
|Thursday (Round 1)||75||51||0||SSE at 8 mph|
|Friday (Round 2)||79||54||0||SW at 11 mph|
|Saturday (Round 3)||80||56||0||SW at 6 mph|
|Sunday (Round 4)||81||58||0||SSE at 8 mph|
It was the first time in 11 years that a practice round at the Masters was closed to the public, but tournament officials were more worried about safety than anything else.
Augusta chairman Billy Payne told Masters.com about the suspension of play on Monday: "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."
The rain on Monday (totaling 1.23 inches, according to Alex Sosnowski of AccuWeather.com) was a rough start to the annual tournament, but sunshine was out in force on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Add in the flawless forecast for Thursday's opening round through Sunday's championship round, and this will be the perfect start to major season.
Even Augusta mayor Deke Copenhaver is excited about the ideal weather conditions:
Not only is the weather forecast great for the fans in attendance and watching at home, but the ideal conditions at Augusta will also make the course play to perfection.
The course is already known as one of the most exciting and challenging in the sport, but the addition of harder surfaces as they continue to dry out will increase the speed of the balls and make for some very interesting shots.
While there are plenty of courses on the tour that emphasize driving power or accuracy, the Masters is all about creativity. Few shots are overly difficult, but each hole has its own nuances and will punish players who don’t play with patience.
Stars like Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson will have the advantage in these conditions.
The dry conditions will speed everything up this week, but it will be the player who can control the tempo best by avoiding mistakes who will be the 2014 Masters champion and earn the green jacket.
With beautiful weather on the horizon, this year’s tournament should be amazing.