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November 15 2011

9:18 PM

Thursday to be benign, Friday brutal

MELBOURNE, Australia -- As International Captain Greg Norman noted, Thursday's opening round of Foursomes at The Presidents Cup will be played in relatively "soft and benign" conditions.

The temperatures at Royal Melbourne should approach 80 degrees with gentle breezes in the forecast. Friday, though, could be a challenge with winds from the north-northwest at 15-25 mph (with higher gusts) and a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

“I would hate to have Friday's conditions for tomorrow when it's blowing 35 out of the north, northwest,” Norman said. “That would have been brutal for the guys. But we are going to move into the event into the weekend in a very seamless transition with the way these pairings have played out.” 

Saturday's weather will be similar to Friday with the chance of more rain, but with the winds blowing at 10-20 mph from the west-southwest and a high of just 72. The chance of rain on Sunday is just 30 percent with winds from the south at 8-15 mph and a high of 67.

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