PGA Championship Greens Not Mown Due To Brutal Wind Gusts

The wind has meant that Southern Hills greens have not been cut ahead of round two

Rory McIlroy lines up a putt
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The greens have not been cut at Southern Hills for the second round's play at the PGA Championship due to strong winds.

A statement from the PGA of America stated: "Due to the forecasted high winds, all practice and golf course putting greens will not be mown today."

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The PGA Championship weather forecast shows that winds are set to be around 20mph early on with gusts of 40mph. It looks to be strongest between 9am and midday for round two, meaning players on the late-early side of the draw will have drawn the short straw. Calm conditions on Thursday morning greeted the early starters before a windier afternoon, whilst the late starters on Friday are set to get the better weather.

The scoring average was 72.35 in the morning yesterday and went up almost a shot to 73.32 in the afternoon. There were 17 rounds under par in the morning vs just nine in the afternoon, and five rounds of 67 of better in the morning vs just one from the later starters.

Players will experience slower putting surfaces than they'd have usually faced in round two, with the greens staying longer than usual to avoid balls oscillating or even rolling away in the wind.

It means that overnight leader Rory McIlroy, who seeks his fifth Major and first in almost eight years, has been given a boost as morning scores in round two look set to be on the higher side.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5