Not the nicest golfing weather in Troon for the British Open, but that will just make it more fun… here’s what I’ve gathered from various sources…
Thursday – Unquestionably the nicest day for golf. We could see an isolated passing shower or two, but any rain that falls should be quick and light, so I’m not expecting any major disruptions with the rain. Winds in the early morning will be very light, at around 5mph, and those wind speeds will pick up slightly, reaching close to 10mph (sustained) by the afternoon. All very manageable, especially when compared to the weather for the next few days.
Friday – More rain, winds pick up. Rain chances will start before sunrise, but should stay relatively light through most of the morning. Winds in the AM will pick up where we left off the night before, starting at likely around or just under 10mph sustained, and steadily increasing. By the afternoon things get a bit uglier, both in terms of percip and winds. Rain will increase in coverage, and possibly intensity through the afternoon, making this the most likely time-frame to see a rain delay. Depending on your sources, we’re looking at somewhere between a 70% to 90% chance of rain. Winds will also increase a bit in the afternoon, likely around 15mph sustained, with some stronger gusts mixed in.
Sat & Sun – Very windy, still a few showers – Winds will increase for the weekend, with Saturday being the windiest day, sustained winds close to 20mph, gusts around 30mph, that is strong enough to have a big impact on play. Lingering showers could still pass in and out.
I think I’m going to leave the analysis here to the pros, because I haven’t watched 1/100 as much golf as most of the RG pros. Any time there’s rain in the forecast I’m at a loss, does it hurt (playing in the rain can’t be easy), does it help (anything to soften up the course is a plus)… I really don’t know the answer to that. I do know that winds will be an issue, especially through the weekend, so picking some golfers who can deal with the elements might come in handy.
Hope this helps in some way,