4ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Golfers looking for a reprieve from the windy conditions that halted play for over an hour on Friday and made scores soar should not look at the green sheet of paper being handed out in the media center.
If they do, they will see that on the very top, in bold capital letters, is the word HAZARDS, followed by this sentence:
Strong winds today, but about 5mph lighter than Friday.
In other words, scoring conditions could be nearly as brutal as they became yesterday afternoon, when Rory McIlroy, who shot 63 on Thursday, carded an 80.
A 15-20mph wind is forecasted to come from the west and southwest—the prevailing direction—with occasional gusts up to 30. However, the wind is expected to start coming from the south late in the afternoon and in the evening, so the leaders (who tee off last), can expect to play into the wind on the challenging 17th hole.
Here’s Sunday's forecast from Met Office, the national weather service of the UK:
Cloudy at first with a little patchy light rain. Soon becoming dry with
bright or sunny intervals. Wind south to southwesterly 10 to 15mph,
increasing to 15 to 20mph with gusts to 25, occasionally to 30mph.
Cloud increasing again into the evening with rain likely before