Nov 05, 2023

Oak Hill, fans frozen. Welcome to Rochester weather, PGA Championship

Update from Oak HillFrost delays start of PGA Championship

You knew that a PGA Championship played in Rochester in May instead of August would be different. And so far it has been.

Instead of sweating it out at Oak Hill, players and some fans have been bundling up for practice rounds. Most of those fans are probably from out of town, by the way, because even though the RealFeel Temperature at the start of Wednesday hovered around freezing, for locals this is shorts weather.

Dan Rapaport of Barstool Sports summed up the situation on Twitter:

"This was the weather everyone feared when they moved a tournament in Rochester to mid-May. Cold as a MF'er. Guys in beanies and gloves and looking generally miserable. The good news: it's only Wednesday."

A picture paired with the tweet shows U.S. player Justin Suh blowing into his cupped hands to warm them and wearing a knit beanie over his golf hat.

U.S. player Collin Morikawa was pictured doing the exact same thing and wearing a knit beanie (no golf hat).

Also seen in knit beanies: Corey Conners of Canada(!), Seamus Power of Ireland, Jason Day of Australia, Max Homa of the United States and Jordan Smith and Callum Shinkwin, both of England.

In fact, very few players were pictured without knit beanies.

The temperature wasn't expected to get above 50 Wednesday, and a freeze warning is in effect from 11 p.m. Wednesday until 8 a.m. Thursday. And since tournament play starts at 7 a.m. Thursday, "It could be a crunchy morning," Liz Jurkowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, told the Democrat and Chronicle.

However, after that bracing start, Thursday's temperatures should rise into the mid-60s, and Friday's high could hit 80.

Rain showers are expected Saturday, so maybe people should be prepared to swap out their knit beanies for hooded rain ponchos. But Sunday, the final day of play, is shaping up to be perfection: sunny and dry with a high in the low 70s.

Kim Roth, who traveled here from Cleveland, Ohio, said whatever the weather does, it won't affect her enjoyment of the event.

She was one of many shoppers at the PGA Championship Merchandise Center who picked up a knit beanie for herself and a half dozen more for family members.

It's not intolerably cold, she said. "Just chilly, so an extra little layer is helpful."

Reporter Marcia Greenwood covers general assignments. Send story tips to [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @MarciaGreenwood.

Update from Oak Hill