Ryder Cup 2016: Tom Lehman Studied 30 Years of Minnesota Weather to Prep

September 19, 2016

Ryder Cup vice captain Tom Lehman has spent the past few months researching anything that might affect Team USA’s play at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota — and that includes reading decades of weather reports for the area.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Lehman has become Team USA’s unofficial Minnesota expert. The Minnesota native is taking his role seriously.

He’s been to Hazeltine several times to scout the course and check out potential accommodations for the team. More importantly, he says he’s been reading the Farmer’s Almanac, trying to gauge what conditions will be like when the Ryder Cup begins on Sept. 30.

“The years I looked up — over 30 years, it was — it’s going to have some breeze,” he said. “You may get lucky and have one of those beautiful 80-degree, five-mile-per-hour weeks, but those are pretty rare,” he said. “Blowing 10 to 15, 16, 17 (mph) was pretty normal, about 65 to 70 degrees was pretty normal. It will be cold in the morning, though.”

Anything for that home field advantage.