The 2014 Masters is coming to a close on Sunday, with Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Jonas Blixt and a host of other contenders set to do 18 holes of battle with the course at Augusta National.
However, one interesting factor to keep an eye on during the fourth and final round is the weather. While the sun should be shining and temperatures should be comfortable for a downright gorgeous day in Georgia, the potential for strong winds could play a factor in determining who wins the green jacket.
Let’s take a look at the updated leaderboard before diving into the weather forecast for Day 4 of the 2014 Masters.
Automatically Updated Leaderboard for 2014 Masters
Round 4 Weather Forecast
|Time (ET)||Temp (F)||Relative Humidity (%)||Winds||Conditions|
|10 a.m.||64||75||SSE (5-10 mph)||Sunny|
|1 p.m.||76||50||SSE (8-14 mph)||Mostly Sunny|
|4 p.m.||83||35||SSE (10-15 mph)||Partly Cloudy|
|7 p.m.||79||40||SSE (8-14 mph)||Mostly Sunny|
Dave Shedloski, @DaveShedloski via Masters tournament.
The tournament organizers at Augusta National were kind enough to provide patrons with an updated look at the weather ahead of Sunday’s championship. Dave Shedloski of Golf World Magazine posted a photo of his copy:
Today's weather for round 4 of the 78th Masters. Winds picking up slightly around 1 pm EDT. pic.twitter.com/VctaKRsElb— Dave Shedloski (@DaveShedloski) April 13, 2014
Ian Baker-Finch of CBS called the weather “perfect” and posted the final pin placements for this year’s Masters:
It is certainly shaping up to be an absolute picturesque day for golf, although the winds could make things a tad interesting—especially for those contenders who are teeing off later in the day.
Will the wind play a role in determining a winner at the Masters?
Considering the course is already dry and playing extremely fast, this minor wrinkle might end up being the difference between scoring a major victory and leaving the hallowed course full of disappointment.
Spieth, the 20-year-old phenom tied with Watson for the lead at five-under par, spoke about how fast Augusta is playing this weekend, as per Bob Harig of ESPN.com: "The way you gain respect for this golf course is the fact that it's really, really hard. Lightning fast around the greens. It's pure and it's fair, but it's extremely difficult. You have to give respect to it."
While Spieth and Watson are currently favorites to win, Mark Holloway thinks that anyone within six shots of the lead has an opportunity to claim the championship if the wind truly picks up:
If the wind picks up later, anyone within 6 shots can win the masters.— Mark Holloway (@mholloway1992) April 13, 2014
However, not everyone is convinced that these breezes will have a detrimental impact. Gary D’Amato of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes that these conditions will favor scoring and a few golfers will breach the 65-stroke plateau:
Should be a perfect day for scoring at @The_Masters. Sunny, high of 81 and light wind out of S at 5-10 mph. Could be a couple 65s out there,— Gary D'Amato (@garydamatogolf) April 12, 2014
Sunny, temp in low 80s today at Augusta National. The usual Sunday pins. A crowded leader board. This is going to be fun. Maybe epic.— Gary D'Amato (@garydamatogolf) April 13, 2014
Mother nature is a notoriously fickle beast and it seems there are two possibilities as of early Sunday morning.
One of those is that the winds start gusting with force in the late afternoon to harshly hinder those with late tee times, while the other, seemingly more likely outcome is that soft breezes gently sweep the course throughout the day and have little to no impact on scoring.
Either way, golfers hoping to be fitted for a new green jacket must be prepared for anything. They must be willing to fight through any sort of conditions that may be on the forecast and even those that come up unexpectedly.
Make sure you catch the final round of the Masters on CBS and watch for the wind’s effect on the outcome. It could just be harmless, but there is a chance it impacts at least one crucial shot.