The Open Championship at Royal Portrush GC/Dunluce Links - Irish eyes smiling;weather forecast in OP
Royal Portrush/Dunluce Links, par 71 at 7344 yards - Harry S. Colt
hole/hole guide from GD
hole/hole guide from official website
flyover of all 18 holes
streaming links for groups and holes on GC website
Belfast Telegraph golf section; several articles
Tee to Green by Nobilo - several holes
tee times moved up to avoid "heavy winds" and "40 % chance of gusts up to 35 mph"
There are two competing weather forecasts for us to review for Sunday. One of them comes from the respectably reliable Weather.com. Those forecasts have been pretty spot on so far this week, so it’s worth taking a peek.
According to that forecast, fans and players in Portrush can expect a long day of wind and rain. The chance of precipitation hovers around 80% for most of the day, while strong winds from 15-10 mph will be consistent throughout the round. Here’s a view of the hourly forecast:
The other forecast for the final round, one that should take precedence given the source, is the official tournament’s report. And that British Open weather forecast for Sunday looks quite a bit worse.
Tournament officials are predicting “spells of persistent and occasionally heavy rain” throughout the afternoon and evening on Sunday, which means players will have to deal with spitting conditions for much of the round.
The real difference comes with their forecast for the winds on Sunday. They similarly expect 15-20 mph winds throughout the round, but, in addition, they ominously forecast a “40% risk of gusts up to 35 mph.” That could prove to be quite the problem for pros vying for the British Open title.