Beyond the links setup with heavy rough surrounding fairways and tournament-ruining bunkers at every turn, the story of every British Open is the weather.
More specifically, the wind.
How hard the wind blows could have a major impact on the results, and thus bettors need to know what to expect before choosing a golfer to make up a betting card.
Thursday is even more important to understand because of the first-round leader market. Knowing the difference in conditions between morning and afternoon waves could be the difference between cashing a ticket or not.
Weather reports are obviously subject to change, but here’s the latest information we have courtesy of AccuWeather (as of Wednesday afternoon).
British Open Weather Report
Those 25 mph winds you’re hearing about or expecting? Those don’t appear to be in the forecast on Thursday in Sandwich, England at Royal St. George’s.
The morning wave will feature temperatures in the low 70’s with winds coming out of the north-northwest at 14 mph. The gusts are around 15 mph.
The biggest difference between the morning and afternoon isn’t the wind speed. That’s still expected around 14 mph with 16 mph gusts. However, the wind will change directions from the north-northwest to coming from the south.
The Open Championship begins on Thursday with the first tee time set for 6:35 a.m. local time with Richard Bland, Andy Sullivan and Marcus Armitage in the opening group. Other notables in the morning wave include Viktor Hovland, Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson.
The afternoon features Patrick Cantlay, Collin Morikawa, Phil Mickelson, Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas and more.
Coverage begins at 1:30 a.m. ET on Peacock before moving to the Golf Channel at 4 a.m. ET.