Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, doesn't need any extra help from Mother Nature to wreck havoc on the field at the 2016 U.S. Open. The ridiculously fast greens and absurdly thick rough will do that all on their own, but the players will have to deal with rainy conditions early in the tournament.
The weather forecast calls for showers in the afternoon on Wednesday, a 100 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms on Thursday and showers in the morning on Friday before clearing out completely for Saturday and Sunday, according to Weather.com.
How will wet conditions on the first two days affect scoring? Well, it might end up being a wash.
The rough at Oakmont is already so long and thick enough that playing out of it is nearly impossible. Add a significant amount of moisture to that rough and it could be downright hellacious. However, while the rough may become an even bigger hazard in the rain, some added moisture could help soften up the greens that are off the charts on the stimpmeter.
Wind is not a significant concern this week as the forecast calls for 8-12 mph winds all week, with the highest of those coming on Friday, which is a good thing because Oakmont in high winds would be completely unfair.
All in all, the weather shouldn't be a major factor in deciding the 2016 U.S. Open. If the weather holds true to the forecast, those with Thursday morning and Friday afternoon tee times may be at a slight advantage if the course softens up a bit on Friday and they don't have to deal with active rain on Friday afternoon. Those players also would be least affected by any potential delays caused by thunderstorms, as afternoon tee times could get pushed back and players could be forced to finish on Friday morning before playing 18 more holes.
Hopefully the weather cooperates on those first two days and does not cause any delays to play, and we can focus solely on the incredibly tough test players are going to face from Oakmont's set up.