Friday, July 16, 2010
St. Andrews Is Getting Windy!
Wiiiiindy Update: So, yeah, they suspended play. I would have bet a lot of money against that. Like I said on Twitter, suspending the British at St. Andrews for wind is like suspending the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest for indigestion.
Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Camilo Villegas just hit their tee shots in round two of the Open Championship. Two hit fairway woods, one hit an iron. During the telecast, ESPN let us know that the wind was blowing upwards of 40 miles per hour into their face.
Needless to say, the wind decided to show up on Friday. What does that mean?
Well, the initial seven holes will play directly into the teeth of this wind, meaning that a lot of the players that are teeing off now (read: leaders on Thursday) could play their initial nine holes over par, only to turn and play the rest of the golf course downwind.
The big question right now isn't how the wind will affect the full golf shots, it's how the wind will affect the putts. The wind is gusting so much right now that the Royal and Ancient has sent out officials to check different greens. While there is a better chance I learn how to fly in the next six hours than the Open being suspended because of wind (wouldn't that be like a porn star reporting sexual harassment at the work place), it is a huge factor for the golfers, more mentally than anything.
If you ground your putter behind the ball, and it moves, you are penalized, and if the wind gusts like it is, that is very, very much a possibility.
While it will be tough for the players, the locals at St. Andrews have to be licking their lips with this wind. It's what they've waited for since 1995, and no they're getting it.
More to come, but follow along with my Twitter if you aren't already.