Dustin Johnson strikes out of the rough on the seventh hole during a rehearsal round for the PGA Championship golf tournament, Wednesday, 15 May 2019, at the Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo / Julio Cortez)
Following the recent cold and wintry weather in the north-east of the USA, a warmer piece of weather will develop for the PGA 101 Championship this week at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York.
A change in the golfing calendar came into effect two years ago to move the tournament to May. For years, the PGA Championship served as the main final of the golf season and was played in August.
This is the first time the PGA Championship has been played in May since 1949.
The week started with cold and unstable weather for the Monday exercise round. Players, including Tiger Woods, could be seen wearing winter hats and long sleeves when walking along the course. The temperatures in the 40s were on Monday in the New York area and some rain also fell through the day.
Woods told ESPN that he visited the course last week, which he called a “good move” due to the unstable weather expected through mid-week.
"Based on the forecast, it was very important to play last week," Woods caddy, Joe LaCava, told ESPN. "And it was warmer. I hope it's warmer on Thursday, so that was great because we had an idea of scales and runs. We did a lot of work around the lawns, which was nice."
Tiger Woods turns his ball as he walks along the ninth green during a rehearsal round for the PGA Championship golf tournament, Monday, May 13, 2019, at Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo / Julie Jacobson)
The weather for the first two rounds will be an improvement from earlier this week. However, there will still be a chance to have a shower or Saturday storm fever.
"A forward move on Friday could touch a shower or storm storm, mostly during the afternoon," said Dan Pydynowski, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist. "At the moment, the probability of any delay is likely to be only 10-20 per cent. The temperature will rise out in the upper 60s. Friday afternoon and winds will be a bit light of The southwest is at 4–8 mph. "
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Supporters will still want to have jackets with them if they attend during morning hours, especially Friday.
The weekend should also be clear of any long delays in the weather.
"Saturday looks pretty pleasant with dry weather and sunshine is expected. High temperatures will be in the middle to upper 60s," said Pydynowski. "On Sundays, there will be a partial sunny atmosphere with the afternoon weight in the upper 60s. Much of the day should be dry, but there could be a shaky shower or a stormy storm towards the end of Sunday afternoon."
As the course dries over the rest of the week, it could be beneficial to those who hit our long as the course will provide an additional bounce, but it could also make landing shots t on the green is more difficult.
A number of golfers during Monday's exercise noted that the course played long, according to the Associated Press.
Bethpage Black, who is based in Bethpage State Park, has hosted several major tournaments of the front, including the US Open Open. That tournament was extended to Monday due to constant rainfall cycles.
"With this soft like this – it's likely to be soft the first few days – there will be many long clubs in, so it will be an advantage for you if you hit your irons. T well, especially your long irons, "Lucas said glover, 2009 tournament winner in Methpage at the AP.
Bethpage is about 40 miles to the east of New York City. Around 200,000 are expected to attend the tournament.
Stormy weather at Augusta, Georgia, last month caused the golf golf golf's main competition year, to move up the start time of its final.
Golfers also came across cold, wet weather during the final of The Players Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, back in March.