2018 U.S. Open weather forecast: Sunny, dry conditions expected at Shinnecock Hills

Every year, the condition of the course and the battle between the USGA and the field looking to claim its national championship is a huge discussion point at the U.S. Open. Shinnecock Hills has not hosted the event since 2004, when Sunday's dry conditions drew the ire of players who could not hold the greens. 

So get ready for a close watch on the scores and the moisture on the course, because the current forecast calls for sunny, dry and pleasant conditions in Long Island. Showers on Wednesday could set up a soft course and the potential for good scores in Round 1, but Thursday also is expected to be the windiest day of the week -- a confounding challenge on a course where most holes play in a different direction than the previous one. 

It should be pleasant for the patrons and tough on the golfers, a course correction of sorts after the low scores at Erin Hills a year ago. 

2018 U.S. Open Weather Forecast 

Thursday (Round 1) 

High: 78, Low: 57 
Wind: 15 mph 
Weather.com says: Sunny and comfortable with winds ranging from 10 to 20 mph out of the west.

Friday (Round 2) 

High: 71, Low: 57 
Wind: 12 mph 
Weather.com says: Partly Cloudy skies with winds out of the northwest between 10 to 15 mph. 

Saturday (Round 3)

High: 73, Low: 60 
Wind: 10 mph 
Weather.com says: Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. Winds 10-15 mph out of the west.

Sunday (Round 4)

High: 73, Low: 62 
Wind: 11 mph 
Weather.com says: Mostly sunny skies with southwest winds from 10 to 15 mph. 

So who will win the 2018 U.S. Open, and which long shots are set to stun the golfing world? Find out by visiting SportsLine now to see the U.S. Open projected leaderboard from the model that's nailed four of the last five majors heading into the weekend.  

CBS Sports Writer

Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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