Although the course at Augusta National Golf Club has proven awfully tough for the 2014 Masters field through 18 holes, the good news is that the weather will remain ideal for Friday's second round.
Bill Haas leads the 97-man field at four-under after Day 1.
With a high temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit and a zero percent chance of rain Friday, players and patrons can anticipate plenty of sunshine. What's more, according to Weather.com, the current forecast calls for near-perfect conditions through this weekend's final rounds.
Below, we'll break down the latest weather report for Day 2 at the Masters.
|Date||High (F)||Low||Precipitation %||Wind|
|Fri, April 11||79||56||0||SSW at 13 mph|
While there may be some passing clouds Friday at Augusta, there'll be no threat of rain or severe weather. Just like Thursday, the temperature will slowly rise after the first group tees off early in the day and continue to climb until reaching the high around 4 p.m. ET.
The humidity will slowly decrease as the morning gives way to the afternoon and the wind begins to pick up.
Local news outlet WRDW-TV News 12 breaks down the pleasant day on tap:
According to Weather.com's Golf Index, playing conditions will be near excellent Friday, rating at a nine on the scale of 1-10. But keep in mind, the course is still in the process of drying out following Monday's wet weather.
After playing all 18 holes in Thursday's sunshine, players should know exactly what to expect Friday, including three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson, who struggled in Round 1. Mickelson recorded a triple bogey and a double bogey on his way to a four-over 76. Despite the ugly score, Lefty had chances Thursday and was unfortunate throughout the first round.
After finishing up his round Thursday evening, the 43-year-old made note of the beautiful weather, per Golf.com's Coleman McDowell:
"There were possibilities. I know it’s hard to say that, but I played well. I didn’t hit anything unsolid; I hit it solid. I just threw away several shots out there...But it sure was a beautiful day out there."
The fan favorite will attempt to work himself back into contention on another beautiful day Friday.
For now, the weekend appears to be shaping up nicely at Augusta National.
The high temperatures Saturday and Sunday will be in the low 80s with low temperatures in the upper 50s. The forecast also calls for mostly sun on both days, according to Weather.com.
Even better news for the players, winds are expected to die down heading into the weekend. For Saturday's third round, winds will be out of the southwest at roughly 7 mph. On Sunday, the wind direction is expected to change but not the speed. According to Weather.com, the breeze will be coming from the south, southeast.
Weather.com's Golf Index rates both days at a nine, meaning the phenomenal playing conditions will hopefully stick around long enough to see a champion crowned.
With Friday evening's cut set to narrow the field down, Day 2 promises to feature plenty of twists and turns. Fortunately, it appears that weather won't be one of the top storylines this weekend at Augusta National.
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