The PGA Tour is playing its second signature event of the 2024 season this weekend: the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Eighty of the world’s best golfers — including world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler — will be in action at the iconic California course to compete for a purse worth a total of $20 million. The winner of the event will receive a cool $3.6 million, and the contest is expected to be one of the most exciting on the early PGA Tour calendar.
What isn’t clear is whether the weather in Pebble Beach will cooperate enough to allow the event to proceed as scheduled.
Pebble Beach is expected to get heavy winds and plenty of rain over the weekend. The forecast brings with it the possibility of tournament delays or golfers playing in less-than-ideal conditions.
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Here’s what to know about the weather at Pebble Beach as the world’s best golfers are set to tee off at the legendary course.
Pebble Beach Pro-Am weather updates
A storm is in the forecast for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The amateur golfers on hand for the event got a taste of that Wednesday, as heavy winds shook the course and the greens were drenched with rain.
That storm is expected to continue Thursday and throughout the weekend, as rain and wind are in the forecast each day.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that play will be postponed, delayed or canceled each day. But the California fire protection department is monitoring the conditions at the course, and they are keeping a particular focus on falling trees.
“As far as the structures go, we see them shaking in the wind and stuff like that, but the bigger concern of ours is when we see a saturating rain like this, the ground tends to get very soft, and the wind paired with that knocks trees over and when they get entangled with the power lines,” Curtis Rhodes with Cal Fire told KSBW. “It definitely becomes a hazard for the civilians on the ground.”
Because of these conditions, there was no public access to the Pebble Beach Pro-Am action on Wednesday. That set Cal Fire up for an easier time in maintaining the course, as they wouldn’t have to evacuate as many people if something happened on the course.
“On the fire side, it allows us great ingress and egress routes in and out of here in the event we start to see anything go sideways once the wind surfaces,” Rhodes explained. “We’re all going to be out here through the night working towards opening day Thursday at seven o’clock.”
For a look at just how much the wind was whipping Wednesday, here’s a look at Tony Finau hitting a driver on the par-3 seventh hole because of the wind coming off the beach.
Tony Finau had to use a DRIVER on Pebble Beach’s par 3 due to the wind 😅🌪️ pic.twitter.com/QHy8HSuegi
— Sky Sports Golf (@SkySportsGolf) February 1, 2024
For context, Finau averages 313.9 yards per drive, good for seventh on the PGA Tour this season. The seventh hole at Pebble Beach played at roughly 106 yards as of 2016, per the course’s official website.
If that wind continues throughout the weekend, it will be a wild one for golfers, especially as they likely will have to battle wet conditions as well.
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Pebble Beach Pro-Am weather forecast
Wind and rain both seem likely to cause problems for golfers throughout the weekend. There is at least a 33% chance of rain each day of the tournament — and Sunday looks like it could be a washout, which might push the tournament finale to Monday.
Below is a look at the day-by-day weather forecast, per Weather.com.
Thursday, Feb. 1
Temperatures are set to peak at 58 degrees Fahrenheit on the first day of the tournament. There is a 68% chance of rain, with occasional showers throughout the day. Winds will be blowing at 10 to 15 mph, so conditions figure to be difficult on the first day of the contest.
Friday, Feb. 2
Chances of rain drop slightly to 55% on Friday, with there set to once again be “occasional showers” throughout the day, while the temperature will fittingly peak at 55 degrees. The wind will continue to come in at a clip of 10 to 15 mph, which will continue to give golfers trouble as they navigate the steady wind and rain.
Saturday, Feb. 3
Saturday looks like the best day of the tournament. There is just a 33% chance of rain for the day, and winds will be “light and variable” amid the 54-degree weather. That should create the most favorable conditions of the week for golfers, though the extra-soft conditions could create some problems on the longer holes if players don’t get as much roll out on their drives.
Sunday, Feb. 4
The milder weather isn’t expected to last at Pebble Beach, and it may be hard to play on Sunday. There is a 98% chance of rain on the final scheduled day of the tournament, and total rainfall could potentially exceed one inch. Add in winds ranging from 20 to 30 mph and it seems likely that the tournament will have to finish on Monday, depending on how weather impacts the rest of the weekend’s play.
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