The U.S. Open is one of the most exciting golf tournaments of the year, and the 2014 edition from Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, has fans looking to the sky to see how the weather forecast will shake out on Day 1.
Last year’s major tournament from Merion Golf Club was plagued by rain during the week leading up to the event, and concerns about potential weather delays have once again become an issue at Pinehurst.
Here is the latest forecast for Day 1 at the 2014 U.S. Open:
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Day 1’s Weather Forecast
The weather in Pinehurst, North Carolina, leading up to the 2014 U.S. Open was ideal, but Thursday’s start to the tournament saw dark clouds hiding the sun and a light fog hanging over the course.
Fans might have been expecting Mother Nature not to play a role in this major, but it’s clear that golfers will be dodging raindrops at Pinehurst as the day progresses.
According to Weather.com, the poor visibility from this morning should lift as the first round of action continues, but the relief will only be temporary. The Day 1 forecast calls for warm temperatures reaching 88 degrees and scattered thunderstorms throughout the day.
John Clark of ABC11 North Carolina shared his forecast:
The hourly outlook on Weather.com has narrowed the start of the storms to around 2 p.m. ET, but many players will try to complete as much of the first round as possible. With the chance of rain at around 40 percent and the humidity at around 66 percent, the possibility of lightning is also something PGA Tour and course officials must be aware of as the day continues.
With lightning a possibility, players must be ready for temporary stoppages. Greg Nye, head men’s golf coach at Penn State University, told Kevin Byrne of AccuWeather.com about the problems that can arise from a stoppage in play.
"It's a part of their world, they grow used to it, [but] you never like it," he said. "They try to build that back up through a warmup, but that's a very hard thing to do, because it's not only a physical thing, but it's getting your mind back in that competitive place that it was at."
Weather.com is reporting that after the rain begins at around 2 p.m. ET, it won’t consistently stop until after midnight. Players teeing off later in the day—the two afternoon waves are scheduled to start teeing off 12:30 p.m. ET—will be contending with the elements as much as the course itself.
With Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Luke Donald and others scheduled to start in the afternoon, there is a good chance that many of the sport’s top names may be forced to finish Round 1 on Day 2.
Regardless of when, golf fans just want to see their favorite athletes on the course.
Stats via PGATour.com.