AUGUSTA, Ga. — In a rare move, the Masters is moving up its final round tee times and having golfers play in threesomes to try avoid major storms headed into the area.
In addition, the tournament announced that players will tee off No. 1 and No. 10 in an attempt to get more golfers on the course before the bad weather arrives. Sunday's action will now begin at 7:30 a.m. ET and the leaders will tee off at 9:20 a.m. ET. CBS will also move up its broadcast to 9 a.m. to televise the action.
As of Saturday afternoon, Augusta's forecast calls for storms to enter the area around noon, with isolated thunderstorms predicted until 10 p.m. ET.
“The safety of everyone on our grounds is paramount,” Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Fred Ridley said in a release. “We also believe the earlier start will give us the best opportunity to complete the Masters on Sunday. This decision should benefit everyone—the players, our patrons and our fans watching around the world. Given the competitiveness and drama of this year’s Tournament, we look forward to an exciting conclusion tomorrow.”
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