Open Championships can often provide a great scenery for fans watching at home, but also some very intense and quite unpleasant weather for players on the golf course. From snow, to hail and tornadoes, we’ve seen it all on the PGA tour but here’s the top 6 of the worse weather in Major Championship history.
6: 2015 Open Championship
Balls barely setting still on the greens, shots getting knocked off line and players having a hard time staying stable over the ball were common during the second round of the 2015 Open Championship. Play was suspended and the tournament ended up being won on Monday.
5: 2016 US Open
The first day of the 2016 US Open was one of the worse in this championship’s history. A total of three weather delays due to dangerous weather allowed just a handful of players to tee it up, play had to be pushed to Friday. The course played a lot easier the rest of the week, since it allowed players to go straight at flags due to the softness of the greens.
4: 2010 Open Championship
A combination of strong winds and heavy rain at the 2010 Open limited first round leader Rory McIlroy to an 8-over 80 in the second round. South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen ultimately won by 8 shots on Sunday.
3: 2016 PGA Championship
Saturday and Sunday were awful weather-wise at Baltusrol for the 2016 PGA Championship. Only Sunday afternoon were players able to get back on the course, setting the stage for a late night celebration for Rory McIlroy's win.
2: 1986 PGA Championship
The PGA Championship was won by Bob Tway that year, on a Monday. It rained so much on Sunday that they even closed the range, leaving the players with no chance to practice for that Monday morning start.
1: 2002 Open Championship
When ten of the best players in golf fail to break 80, including world’s #1 player at the time Tiger Woods, you know something's wrong. Heavy rain and strong winds prevented the afternoon groups from making a move towards the top of the leaderboard.