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U.S. Women's Open: Nasty Sunday forecast forces USGA to move tee times up again

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HOUSTON — The threat of thunderstorms has forced USGA officials to move up tee times for Sunday’s final round of the 75th U.S. Women’s Open Championship.

Sunday’s action is now scheduled to start at 8:45 a.m. EST (7:45 a.m. local) due to the anticipated inclement weather. Play will again start on both the first and 10th tees of Champions Golf Club’s Cypress Creek Course.

The USGA moved tee times up on Friday, and the move worked wonders as the second round was completed just before a massive downpour began. Organizers are hoping for similar results on Sunday, but it could be more challenging this time around. According to Weather.com, the chance for precipitation jumps above 80 percent around 9 a.m. and storms are expected to continue well into the afternoon.

After some backlash about jumbled TV schedules on Friday, the broadcast window for Sunday’s play has been expanded — Golf Channel will now broadcast the final round from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ET, then NBC will take over until 5 p.m. ET or the conclusion.

If the round can’t be completed on Sunday, play will likely finish on Monday because there’s little chance of more rain, but it will be chilly — a cold front is expected to come through the area, leaving Monday’s high temperature in the low 50s.

 

original article link https://golfweek.usatoday.com/2020/12/12/us-womens-open-nasty-sunday-forecast-tee-times/

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