As evidenced by the flag blowing on the camera tower to the right of #12, players were playing and practicing in a 20 mph breeze with occasional higher gusts on Tuesday.
The forecast is for more of the same on Wednesday with a chance of rain and a switch of wind direction to the north with similar velocities.
As most courses in this area, Austin Country Club is designed for a prevailing southeast breeze and it will significantly change the way the course plays if the wind goes to the north. Players who were here early had the opportunity to play the course in a north wind on Sunday and Monday so that will be to their advantage. Most players did not have that opportunity.
Fans were treated to more opportunities to collect autographs and local celebrities like Ben Crenshaw were among the autographs sought after by fans. Crenshaw gave a press interview and was gracious enough to sign autographs for fans in the right place at the right time.
And, those fans came in all sizes and shapes like these two youngsters who proudly displayed their flags with player autographs.
Some of the hospitality tents were open and folks enjoyed the impressive facilities. One of those is the “1899 Club”. It is located on the left side of #12 fairway is approximately 80 yards long and three stories high. Spectators will be able to watch the players play their second and third shots to the green with the 360 bridge and Lake Austin in the background. It’s quite impressive.
Matches begin Wednesday morning and the fans will receive scoring brackets on the grounds as they enter. Live scoring for the matches is available on the World Golf Championship website at this link.