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The 148th Open Royal Portrush

Open forecast


Wet weather arrives Wednesday at Portrush

Rory McIlroy

Wind and rain dominate the final day of practice at The 148th Open Championship, with more rain forecasted for Thursday's opening round.

Three glorious days of sun and cloudless skies gave way to a gray Wednesday at Royal Portrush. Rain is expected to fall on the Dunluce Links through much of the day, with 15mph winds gusting as high as 30.

Tiger Woods got the bulk of his pre-Open preparation out of the way with 43 holes of practice in dry weather, including 18-hole rounds on Sunday and Monday and seven-hole loop on Tuesday.

But other big names like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood, and Justin Rose were out in the elements Wednesday.

As for the opening round, passing showers featuring short bursts of heavy rain are expected throughout the day Thursday, in soggy start to Northern Ireland's first Open in 68 years.

As is typical for an Open Championship, the forecast for the remainder of the weekend is undecided, with chances for wind and rain each day through Sunday night in Portrush.