Winds whip up at Masters

April 8, 2010

AUGUSTA, Ga.–An unpleasant weather forecast for Thursday's first Masters round seemed like another bad call by those who predict the weather. Thursday morning began bright and sunny and calm and beautiful. The called-for storms and rain seemed unlikely.Just around 11:15 a.m., however, that all began to change. A line of clouds quickly rolled overhead and the wind began to pick up sharply. The flags atop the scoreboard adjacent to the first fairway were whipping briskly. Strong and uneven gusts, easily more than 25 mph, are now battering the course. The predicted weather front is obviously moving in, and as it does, you can count on scores getting worse. It appears that the afternoon tee times, which include Tiger Woods, will catch the brunt of the storm.Meanwhile, the scoring conditions, which appeared to be pretty good for the players early on–Steve Marino and Bernhard Langer shot 3-under 33s on the front nine–should turn considerably more difficult as long as the brisk winds continue.