British Open weather: More rain expected for second round at Royal Portrush

July 18, 2019

The weather at the British Open was consistently inconsistent Thursday, with showers here, showers there, and moments of sunny, humid dryness in between. Friday’s forecast calls for much of the same.

Early tee times will have to fend off cooler temperatures, with highs in the low 50s before 8 a.m. local time. What remains is a full day of on-again-off-again showers, much like Thursday. From 11 a.m. local through the evening, the forecast predicts at least a 50% chance of rain.

Friday's conditions are likely to mirror that of the first round.

Thursday’s weather led Portrush to play somewhat difficult for most of the field. J.B. Holmes is the low man at five under, one of 41 men under par. When the thick fescue at Portrush gets wet, it gets even stickier than normal. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy had their fair share of difficulty with that, shooting 78 and 79, respectively.

Luckily for the field, winds are not expected to blow too strong Friday. For most of Friday afternoon the wind will be just single-digit miles per hour. With these conditions, one can expect a similar amount of scoring from the field during the second round.

Check out Friday’s tee times here.