Thursday, July 15, 2010

St. Andrews, SCOTLAND — When he decides to hang up his spikes, U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell has a future as a wisecracking TV weatherman."We always joke that they should try to play the British Open in the summer this year," McDowell said.But on an overcast Thursday morning with light rain, St. Andrews was a balmy-feeling 60 degrees and the players who went out early took advantage of the calm conditions and rain-soaked greens to post a lot of red scores, especially John Daly, who started with five birdies on the front nine. The forecast for the rest of the day is relatively mild, and the extended forecast doesn't look as rough as predicted. The rain, which came down with Biblical fury Wednesday night and left puddles of standing water throughout the course, should clear this afternoon and it's possible players will see some spells of sun today. Friday's weather sounds even more benign, starting with rain then turning drier and brighter, although the wind will stronger (15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph, compared to 5 to 10 mph today).Here's the extended forecast from Met Office, the national weather service for the UK:Saturday: Cloudy. A good deal of dry weather but some occasional light showers from time to time. Wind SW 15 to 25 mph.Sunday: Cloudy. Dry at first and again later. Outbreaks of mainly light rain expected during the afternoon. Winds south to southwest 15 to 25 mph, occasional gusts to 30 mph at first, moderating during the day.Temperatures should stay around 60 degrees throughout the tournament.

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