For the fourth and final time this year, the world's best golfers will compete for one of the sport's major championships.
The 2015 PGA Championship will take place at Whistling Straits golf course in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, from Aug. 13-16. After inclement weather forced an extra day of play at the British Open last month, players and spectators will be pleased to see that dry weather is in the forecast for most of the event, including the opening round.
"The tournament looks like it should be able to get started on schedule," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root. "A ridge of high pressure will build eastward across the central U.S. at midweek and will likely push into the Upper Midwest for a short time, which would bring dry conditions, but warmer-than-normal temperatures, which golfers may not be fond of."
"There is concern for a couple of weak systems to ride along that ridge over the weekend and into the following week, which would bring rounds of showers and thunderstorms," Root said.
Daytime highs will settle in the upper 70s to low 80s during the four days of play. A temperature near 80 F is typical for mid-August in Sheboygan.
The Whistling Straits course is described as featuring "open, rugged and windswept terrain" and sits along 2 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Golfers will have to be mindful of a lake breeze during the afternoon and evening, according to Root.
"Wind is the great X-factor in golf," Bradley Klein, architecture editor of Golfweek Magazine and author of numerous books on golf course design, told AccuWeather prior to the U.S. Open.
Since wind direction can change by the day, or even by the hour, it gives golfers one more hurdle to overcome as they're focusing on distance and shot trajectory
"While the lake breeze will help to cool some of the days off, [it] can bring occasional gusts that will ultimately affect the game," Root said.
This is the third time the course has hosted the PGA Championship; the most recent occurrence was in 2010. In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Rory McIlroy, the defending PGA champion and runner up in 2010, said he remembered hot and humid weather having an impact that year.
"From what I can remember, it was pretty hot and humid here so there was a lot of moisture in the air and the guys probably didn't get the golf course as firm as they would have wanted it," McIlroy said.
Like Chambers Bay golf course, the host of this year's U.S. Open, Whistling Strait's fairways are made of fescue grass.
Drier ground conditions will allow the ball to run farther, so players will need judge their landing spot to get the ball to stop where they want. If the ground is wet, it's easier for a golfer to pick and choose the landing zone as the ball rolls less, according to Klein.