With the second men’s major of the year getting underway soon, the best players in the world will be anxiously checking the weather forecast.
For those of us looking to pick a winner, it’s also important, as some waves of players might get a better side of the draw than others.
Let’s take a look at what we can expect from the weather over the four days of competition at Southern Hills...
One thing we’re unlikely to see over the first round is any rain. However, that doesn’t mean the weather won’t play a part. The first groups will be getting underway at 7.00am, and it looks like they’ll have the best conditions. At that time, it will be relatively cool in Tulsa, with winds at less than 10 mph.
For those going off in the afternoon wave, however, things could get tricky. By 2.00pm, winds could gust up to nearly 20 mph, and it will be seriously hot, with temperatures reaching nearly 40°.
Come Friday, tee times will be switched, and it looks like those who went out on Thursday morning will once again have the best conditions.
For those going out at 7.00am, there could be some very windy conditions to deal with. Gusts are forecast to reach over 30mph, which will make a tough golf course very difficult to build a score on.
By the afternoon though, things are set to calm down. By 2.00pm, the wind is set to die down to around 20mph. Still breezy, but significantly easier than the morning. It looks like there might be an advantage for those going out early on Thursday and late on Friday.
For those who make the cut, another breezy day awaits, with winds gusting to around 25mph. One thing to look out for here, however, is thunderstorms. Although it’s just a slight chance, any threat may see play suspended until it’s safe to continue.
The final day currently looks like the best of the week. There’s only due to be a light breeze, and it’s set to be significantly cooler. You might just see the leaders take advantage of calmer conditions in the afternoon and shoot a low one.
Who does it favour?
At the moment, it looks like players who have an early tee time on Thursday and a late one on Friday, will get the best of the weather.
Of course, that can quickly change, but those who are heading out early on day one might just have a chance to shoot a low number before the wind gets up in the afternoon. Take this into account when you're picking your winner.