PGA Championship weather: Thunderstorms could impact Friday's second round

Louisville, KY – The weather could play a significant role in the 106th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club, potentially impacting Friday’s second round with severe conditions.

Thursday Recap:

  • The opening round enjoyed favorable weather, allowing for low scores, including Xander Schauffele’s record-setting 9-under 62.
  • A brief fog delay of 10 minutes slightly postponed the start, but play commenced at 7:25 a.m. ET with Michael Block's opening tee shot.

Friday’s Forecast:

  • Showers and Thunderstorms: There is a 90% chance of rain throughout the day, with anticipated rainfall between 0.50 and 0.75 inches.
  • Wind: Gusts are expected to reach 10-15 mph.
  • Impact: The low-pressure system will likely cause delays and challenging conditions for the players, possibly pushing the second round into Saturday.

Historical Context:

  • During the last PGA Championship at Valhalla in 2014, severe weather affected the final round, resulting in a dramatic finish in near-darkness, with Rory McIlroy defeating Phil Mickelson by one stroke.

Looking Ahead:

  • Saturday: There is a 40% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, which could further delay the tournament.
  • Sunday: The forecast improves with only a 20% chance of rain, partly cloudy skies, and warmer temperatures, offering better conditions for the final rounds.

Detailed Day-by-Day Weather Forecast:

  • Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, 90% chance of rain. Low: 62°F, High: 72°F. Winds: S-SW 10-15 mph. Projected 0.50 to 0.75 inches of rainfall.
  • Saturday: Chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, 40% chance of rain. Low: 62°F, High: 78°F. Winds: E-NE 4-8 mph. Projected 0.20 to 0.30 inches of rainfall.
  • Sunday: Partly cloudy and warm, 20% chance of rain. Low: 62°F, High: 84°F. Winds: N-NE 10-15 mph.

Additional Updates:

  • Tuesday Practice Round: Briefly suspended due to dangerous weather; resumed after 46 minutes.
  • Thursday Opening Round: Pleasant skies with a brief fog delay; thunderstorms anticipated overnight into Friday.

With potentially inclement weather ahead, players and fans should prepare for delays and challenging conditions that may test both mental and physical endurance. Stay tuned for further updates as the PGA Championship progresses.