Masters weather forecast: Windy start, chilly finish

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 6, 2016, 5:07 pm

AUGUSTA, Ga. – It’s the weather, it changes on a dime. But this week at Augusta National, there’s a high probability that players will monitor forecasts more often than usual.

Here is the Wednesday afternoon synopsis, directly from weather types on site: “High clouds will continue to increase heading into this afternoon as a cold front approaches. This will bring mostly cloudy skies by this evening, but dry weather is expected until later tonight. Otherwise, highs will reach the lower 70s by late afternoon with breezy southeast winds. The front moves through tonight, bringing showers and isolated thunderstorms to the area, mainly between 2-8 AM Thursday morning. Rainfall from this system looks to average 0.15-0.30.

“The rest of Thursday will feature partly cloudy and blustery conditions, as winds gust up to 25-30 mph. A slight chance for a shower or two exists Thursday night as another shot of colder air arrives to the region. This will lead to sunny, windy and cooler conditions on Friday and Saturday. The wind will finally weaken Saturday night, allowing for the possibility of frost Sunday morning with lows in the 30s. A pleasant Sunday looks to be taking shape with sunny skies and light winds as high pressure settles overhead.”


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Broken down by day, here is the forecast.

Thursday: 30 percent chance of showers through 8 a.m. Partly cloudy and blustery in the afternoon with a 20 percent chance of isolated showers in the evening. Low: 54; High 74; Winds: 15-20 mph with gusts up to 25-30 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy and windy. Low: 49; High: 70; Winds: 15-25 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Saturday: Chilly in the morning then mostly sunny and blustery in the afternoon. Low: 41; High 63; Winds: 15-20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Sunday: A cold start with frost possible in the morning, but sunny the rest of the day. Low: 37; High: 66: Winds: 6-12 mph.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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