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 be 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."
Meanwhile Sergio Garcia has undertaken one of the more unusual preparations for the Australian Open: playing one of the world's most iconic holes 15 times in a row.
The Spanish winner of the Masters at Augusta is making his Open debut and, as a marquee signing, has had numerous corporate outings in Sydney.
One included playing the par-3 sixth hole at New South Wales Golf Club repeatedly with amateur guests for his sponsor, Credit Suisse.
"I played the sixth hole 15 times in probably 40 km/h wind; that was fun," Garcia joked on Wednesday.
The ocean-side sixth hole at La Perouse is regarded as one of the world's finest par 3s.
It is the centrepiece of a course designed by Augusta National architect Alister MacKenzie and was recently ranked No.46 in the world by GOLF Magazine.
"It was a wonderful golf course. It looked stunning," Garcia added.
Garcia now turns his attention to the Australian Open, where he hopes to tap in to the event's history of catapulting its champions to major-winning form.
Garcia endured almost 20 years of heartbreaking close calls at the majors before donning the green jacket at Augusta in 2017.
He has won three European Tour events since then but Garcia's results at golf's four biggest events have been shocking.
Garcia has missed the cut in seven of the 11 majors since his Masters win, with a best result a tie for 21st.
But the supremely talented Garcia said he was not resting on his laurels.
"You feel satisfied because (winning a major) is something you want to do for so many years," he said.
"It's not like after winning the Masters we stop practising; we want to keep achieving."
Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus are among the golfing icons who have etched their names on the Open's Stonehaven trophy.
But recently, the Open has made a habit of inspiring champions to almost immediate success at the majors.
Rory McIlroy claimed the British Open and US PGA Championship only months after winning at Royal Sydney in 2013, while Jordan Spieth won majors in the years after his 2014 and 2016 Open victories.
It was one of the lures for Garcia to make his Open debut - as a 40-year-old.
"The names ... are very impressive; it just shows you the quality of this tournament," he said.
"It's a shame that I haven't played this Open before but I'm excited to play well and give it a good run."