The weather for this weekends LPGA U.S. Open being held in Pinehurst, NC isn’t looking too good right now. Last weekend’s weather for the Men’s Open was dry with little wind. The biggest challenge they faced was the absurd pin placements. The women won’t likely be as lucky, at least not with the weather. It looks like rain will be moving in later this evening and that could push the final round into Monday.
Last night across the “Triangle”, Raleigh, Durham, and Winston-Salem for those of you outside of North Carolina, the weather kicked up high winds and rain across the middle and eastern portions of the state. Amid power flickers and loss of satellite signal the local weather report spent considerable time focusing on this weekends LPGA classic.
The first round concluded on Thursday with American Stacy Lewis shooting a three-under-par 67 to take the early lead. Michelle Wie is one stroke behind.
Day number two is under way at the Pinehurst number 2 course. While all eyes are on the field today, it’s the weather this weekend that will have the attention of the course officials and the LPGA.
Thunderstorms are likely this afternoon but they are not expected until after 5 PM ET. A low pressure system is clawing it’s way from the North and that will bring some cooler temperatures, but also rain, wind, and lightning. Today’s field should be able to complete the round.
Tomorrow, however, looks to be the worst of the weekend with rain expected throughout the day along with lightning and thunder. Forecasters are calling for scattered thunderstorms for the region with a 50% chance of rain.
Sunday dips to a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms.
Last weeks PGA Open was a huge success for everyone involved including the local business owners. Attendance this weekend isn’t expected to drop all that much. Should Mother Nature decide to extend the event by one day, the local merchants won’t complain.
Tomorrow should be the determining day for a schedule change. Given the precipitation forecast for Sunday, event officials won’t likely try and get a day three partial round squeezed into Sunday, but could move the final round to Monday, depending on how much of day three is completed.
It’s all about the golf today but later tonight we should start hearing more talk about the weekend weather plans for the final two rounds.