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Intense Heat Will Suit Garcia
Thursday 09 August 2007 at 16:33
British and Irish golfers used to cooler climes are expected to wilt at the final major of 2007, with temperatures of 37 degrees C despite clouds at tee-off in Tulsa this afternoon.
The forecast for tomorrow is even hotter, with maximum temperatures of 38 degrees C predicted by weather analysts.
Sergio Garcia and Colin Montgomerie share an early lead at the four-day event at the Southern Hills Country Club, although the Scotsman is expected to be suffering more in the heat.
The searing temperatures at what is being billed as the hottest major ever will also sap the energy and focus of Ireland's Padraig Harrington, although he claims otherwise.
He told the BBC: "I would probably say it is a little bit of an advantage for me because I acclimatise well."
His confidence has been buoyed by a play-off win over Garcia at Carnoustie, but the Spaniard's familiarity with heat and his early lead will bring in odds on him, especially now that the predicted heatwave has arrived.
Before play commenced at 13:30BST today, the 27-year-old told the BBC: "Hopefully I will have a shot at winning the PGA and I feel it is just a matter of time before I win a major."