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Thunderstorms Could Impact U.S. Open

Rory McIlroy PGA

Players at the U.S. Open will be forced to contend with the frightening Oakmont Country Club, but it looks like Mother Nature is going to play a hand in the tournament as well.

According to AccuWeather, the worst conditions of the event will unfold on Thursday. The forecast is calling for a line of severe thunderstorms to roll through during the afternoon hours of the first round. The opening group tees off at 6:45 a.m. ET.

On Day 2, a lingering shower could impact the early morning hours, but the majority of the day will be dry. The weekend is looking great with plenty of sunshine and temperatures trending upward. Highs in the upper 70s are expected for Thursday and Friday with temperatures moving into the low 80s on Saturday and higher 80s on Sunday.

Unlike the blustery Masters, golfers will not have to combat gusty winds this weekend. High winds created major headaches at Augusta, however, it’s going to be much calmer in Pennsylvania.

Back in April, Mark Davis, the executive director of the United States Golf Association, stated at the event’s media day “The USGA wants the U.S. Open to be a tough, rigorous test. We want the ultimate test in golf.”

But earlier this week, Davis said the USGA will monitor the weather closely so it can make proper adjustments to the course. If there is an influx of precipitation, it may actually help the players.

The course’s greens are lightning-quick, which means water would reduce the firmness of the putting surface as the ball will not roll nearly as much after it rains. A soft Oakmont will make things exponentially easier for the field. That’s good news, because they’ll need all the help they can get at the world's toughest golf course.

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