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Ugly Weather Could Decide British Open

Rickie Fowler PGA

It wouldn’t be a British Open without some inclement weather, right?

The event, which is scheduled to get underway on Thursday, will likely be prolonged if Mother Nature has anything to say about it. It’s rained nearly every day in Scotland this month, and further rains are expected in Ayrshire this weekend.

Thursday will be the nicest day for golf, as an isolated shower may hit the area but it’s expected to be light. Winds in the early morning should be around the 5 mph mark and will pick up to 10 mph throughout the afternoon.

Rains are expected before sunrise on Friday and will likely keep going all day. There is currently an 80 percent chance of rain, worsening as play goes on. Gusts of 15 mph are predicted by British meteorologists which will make Royal Troon a royal headache for the field.

Winds will increase on the weekend, with Saturday being the most blustery day of the event. Sustained winds of 20 mph reaching 30 mph on Saturday will have a big impact on play. Lingering showers may occur here and there, but the course won’t be excessively wet.

When it comes to handicapping the elements, players who have a good track record of handling bad weather are always sharp picks. According to GolfStrat, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas, Adam Scott, Luke Donald and Jim Furyk rank in the top 10 of the best wet weather golfers on the PGA Tour.

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