Aust Open counts on wind to ease smoke

Darren Walton
Cricketer David Warner was among those enduring smoky conditions at the Australian Open Pro-Am

Australian Open officials are confident the worst of the smoky conditions are behind them after tournament favourite Adam Scott complained of "stinging eyes" during practice at The Australian Golf Club.

Like the rest of the Sydney, this year's venue has been engulfed with hazardous haze all week with at least one player preparing for the All Abilities event reporting breathing difficulties.

"It was pretty bad yesterday - stinging eyes and all that," Scott told AAP after Wednesday's pro-am.

Scott said he hoped the smoggy conditions wouldn't be a factor in the 104th running of the championship and tournament director Trevor Herden was confident they wouldn't.

Despite many sporting events being cancelled this week in Sydney's neighbouring eastern suburbs, Herden didn't believe the Open would disrupted like the Indian Open was last month because of the poor air quality.

"It is (an issue) but it's not near a major concern point at this point," Herden told AAP.

"We're in touch with authorities and we're listening to what they're saying, but we're fine at this point.

"We've got a very favourable forecast to address the smoke, if I could say it like that.

"It's all to do with the sea breeze.

"It was very smoky here at five o'clock this morning. Come 6.30 it was gone.

"Then it's been smoky here for the past five or six hours this afternoon, and now it's just turned in the last 30 minutes to the north-east.

"So the nor-east pushes it back to the west."

Herden said the worst winds coming from the due west were not forecast for the duration of the Open from Thursday to Sunday.

"The forecast for Saturday and Sunday is pretty much a good window with easterly and nor-easterly winds so it should be very light smoke, it any at all those two days," he said.

"Tomorrow we've got north, north-west, so there'll be some coming but the westerly was the worst wind and there's no forecast for that directly from the due west."