PGA Championship Weather Forecast: Expect Soft Conditions Due to Early Week Rain

May 15, 2019 02:55 PM EDT
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Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports.

  • Wet weather over the past few days have led to damp conditions at Bethpage Black, making a long golf course play even longer.
  • Find out whether rain, and even wind, will have an effect on the 2019 PGA Championship this week and into the weekend.

If you live in the Northeast, you’re probably quite sick of the rain that’s been coming down day after day this spring. The players preparing for the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black were also a bit concerned that miserable conditions were in store for 2019’s second major, as they’ve been practicing in some raw conditions for most of the week.

I’m sure they didn’t want another scheduling snafu on championship Sunday like we had for the Masters … well, perhaps Tiger did.

Thankfully, it looks like it’s shaping up to be a nice weekend of golf on Long Island. The big question is whether or not the rain earlier in the week will still impact play.

As I said, the course has been a bit soggy throughout the week, and while we shouldn’t have any more soaking rains, there could be some showers overnight on Wednesday into Thursday morning and another batch on Friday afternoon.

According to The Action Network’s golf analyst Adon7x, “I don’t think it will be hot enough over the course of the tournament to dry out the course, I’m sure over the weekend it will play firmer than Thurs/Fri, but generally speaking I think it will be on the softer side of all tournaments played this year.”

So while weather won’t impact the PGA Championship like it did at Augusta last month, the damp conditions will make a long golf course even longer.

The early birds in the first round will tee off in mid-50s temps with that aforementioned risk of showers, but a raw morning should give way to a fairly nice afternoon. The temperature will get up into the upper 60s and partly cloudy skies should allow the sun to at least begin drying out the course.

Wind shouldn’t play much of a factor, as it should remain fairly constant (and tame) throughout the day and tournament in general.

Friday appears to be the worst day of the tournament, as the temperature will top out in the mid-60s and mostly cloudy skies could lead to some afternoon rains that’ll keep the conditions soft.

Those who make the cut will be in for two days of very similar conditions over the weekend, with partly cloudy skies, temps in the upper 60s and wind speeds below 10 mph.

As Adon7x said, the course shouldn’t dry out completely, but partially dryer conditions will likely lead to different shot selections at certain holes.

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