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Champion of the Elements

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Posted: Jul 16, 2014 9:49 AM by Meteorologist Josh Eachus
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The Open Championship-it is the oldest of golf's four professional major tournaments and the pride of the United Kingdom.

Since 1860, the biggest names and strongest competitors from the world of golf converge on a remarkably rugged yet astonishingly appealing tract of land in hopes of hoisting the Claret Jug. But even before the first tee shot at Old Prestwick Golf Club (site of the first Open Championship), temperamental maritime weather has been blowing ashore and making golf in the "Old Country" a true test of will. Most traditional links-style courses that host The Open are quite exposed to the elements, due to their proximity to the coast. Wind, rain and even thunderstorms are common, accentuating the difficulties of courses marred with deep pot-bunkers and thick fescue. On the less common pleasant days, a constant breeze and the sun combine to dry out playing surfaces, making for hard and fast courses.

(AUTHOR'S NOTE: a seamless overlap of my two passions-perhaps no other tournament is more intriguing.)

This week, participants vying for the title "Champion Golfer of the Year" head to Merseyside, where Hoylake at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club hosts the 2014 Open.
And just as in year's past, golf's pace-setters along with hundreds of thousands of patrons will have to battle undesirable playing and/or spectating conditions to emerge on Sunday.

The 4-day forecast calls for a mixed-bag of conditions. The tournament will begin on Thursday and close on Sunday in weather relatively benign by Open standards. Partly sunny skies and lighter winds of 5-10mph are anticipated. Friday and Saturday offer a more complicating platter of playing conditions, however. Prior to a storm, golfers will be met with northwesterly winds of nearly 20mph on Friday. By Saturday, that storm will introduce rain to supplement the already windy setting. The weather system will also drop temperatures out of the middle 70s early in the week, to the low 60s by tournament's end.

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