Masters: Skies clear at Augusta National and play resumes after weather delay
A band of thunderstorms is moving across the state of Georgia, and at roughly 4 p.m. during Saturday's third round of the Masters, it caused (...)
A band of thunderstorms is moving across the state of Georgia, and at roughly 4 p.m. during Saturday’s third round of the Masters, it caused players to be shuttled off the golf course for a weather delay.
Roughly an hour and 15 minutes later, the storms had cleared and players were sent back on the golf course to resume play. Justin Rose and Will Zalatoris, in the final group, had completed six holes before the break.
Weather was expected to be a factor on Saturday, with the forecast calling for a front to move in, potentially bringing showers and isolated thunderstorms.
According to the 11 a.m. tournament weather update: “Current projections are for showers and possibly a few thunderstorms to move through the Augusta area between 4-7 p.m., although a few showers may develop in the vicinity earlier this afternoon. Any thunderstorms are likely to stay weak but will have potential to produce lightning and downpours if moving directly over or near the course.”
In terms of playing conditions, the real issue may be wind. The forecast also calls for sustained winds at 12-18 mph with gusts as high as 20-25 mph by mid-afternoon.
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With that wind coming from the south, expect some of the hardest holes to play even harder into a headwind, namely Nos. 5, 10 and 11.
With wind bouncing off the trees around Augusta National, it could be challenging for players to select the right club on approaches into greens.
Considering that Augusta National is already playing firm and fast, it’s an extra obstacle that will truly make “moving day” a test.