With severe weather well and truly on its way the decision has been made by the Masters’ tournament committee to tee off all 65 players in the mourning with tee times beginning at 7.30am ET. Players will be in groups of three with the final three ball expectected to tee of at approximately 9.20am ET.
“The safety of everyone on the grounds is paramount,” Masters chairman Fred Ridley said. “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.”
Thunderstorms are an 80% chance of occurring during the afternoon meaning if the field was to tee of in a traditional sense there would be a very real chance of the Masters not being completed on the Sunday and requiring a Monday morning reconvene. All of which would be a logistical nightmare for all involved. The last time the Masters required a Monday finish was in 1983.
Source: Golf Channel
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