Despite sunny US Open forecast, golfers could struggle with dry, fast greens

No rain is in the forecast in Shinnecock Hills this week as the best golfers on the PGA tour look to score a major championship win.

The 118th U.S. Open will begin on Thursday, June 14 and continue through Sunday at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island, New York. This location looks to be an ideal spot for comfortable conditions for the tournament.

"With high pressure moving in, dry and pleasant conditions will allow for immaculate weather conditions at the U.S. Open this year," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Edwards.

At this point, sunshine is expected each day, so both players and fans should be prepared to bring protective clothing, sunglasses and sunblock in order to remain protected outside from the June sunshine.

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Temperatures will start out in the morning for the early tee times in the upper 50s F, slowly climbing to the lower 70s F each afternoon. These conditions are normal for Long Island in mid-June.

However, the long stretch of dry weather could make for difficult greens for players throughout much of the tournament. Without any moisture on the course, the golf balls tend to roll faster, making it harder to stop them on the difficult putting greens.

The only exception to the dry weather will be on Wednesday, when some showers are possible. Not only would this dampen the practice rounds scheduled for that day, but the moisture might be enough to stick around on the course for the early rounds on Thursday.

"Wednesday's showers could be just enough to soften up the course and allow for more aggressive play on Thursday, especially early in the morning before the June sunshine dries up the course," Edwards added.

If the course ends up too dry with all of the June sunshine, officials could decide to water the fairways and greens more frequently to keep the course conditions in check.

The Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is no stranger to the Open, and has been the site for the tournament four times in the past. The last time the club hosted the U.S. Open was fourteen years ago in 2004.

"Many will remember the last Open at Shinnecock Hills as a difficult one," said AccuWeather meteorologist Kyle Elliott.

"Champion Retief Goosen, and runner-up Phil Mickleson were the only two players to end the tournament with scores below par," Elliott added.

Since then, several changes have been made to the course, including the widening of fairways.

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