News & ToursAugust 13, 2015

Friday weather could spell trouble for Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and leaders

HAVEN, Wis. -- Lake Michigan giveth, Lake Michigan taketh.

The 2015 PGA Championship's Round 1 leader board is littered with players that teed off in the early-Thursday wave. Not only were the conditions pristine -- low winds, small amount of dew holding the greens -- but the wind started whipping after lunch. This caused scores to skyrocket, creating a schism between the morning and afternoon groups.

That is set to change on Friday.

Judging by forecasts, Whistling Straits will be hit with rain Thursday night, with a mix of showers on Friday morning before thunderstorms roll in Friday afternoon. It's the type of weather that could facilitate low rounds in the morning -- players could take aim at pins like it's a pitch-n-putt -- with wind wreaking havoc as the day progresses.

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In such a scenario, the scoreboard could be inverted.

David Lingmerth is the lone player amongst leaders that teed off in the p.m. on Thursday, meaning Round 1 studs like Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Matt Kuchar and J.B. Holmes could face the wrath of Lake Michigan.

Conversely, the marquee group of Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson, along with Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka, might be rewarded after battling the harsh Thursday afternoon elements.

It's worth noting, however, that a similar scenario was envisioned at St. Andrews, and it never manifested. (Unless you want to count the nonsense the second-wave players had to deal with on Friday night/Saturday.)

Still, when the television broadcast hits the airwaves on Friday, don't be surprised to see a scoreboard shakeup.

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