Masters 2019: Sunday tee times moved up due to threatening Augusta weather forecast – Golf.com

Masters 2019: Sunday tee times moved up due to threatening Augusta weather forecast - Golf.com
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With thunderstorms predicted for the Augusta, Ga., area on Sunday afternoon, the Masters on Saturday announced the use of split tees and early morning tee times for Sunday’s final round. Players will be grouped in threesomes with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Nos. 1 and 10. The leaders will tee off at 9:20 a.m.

Gates are scheduled to open at 7:15 a.m. and CBS will broadcast the final round live beginning at 9 a.m.

“But you know, over the last two days, Ive played the par 5s nicely,” Day said. “I think Ive played them 7‑under, which is good. Try to minimize the mistakes out there, and you know, thats the whole goal. If you can get yourself in position and get yourself close to the green or on the green, great. If not, you know, and youre out of position, get yourself back into position and wedge it on close and hopefully hole the putt.”

This move would prevent any potential Sunday delay and a possible Monday finish. (The last Monday finish was in 1983.)

“I said to my caddie, Luke, I said, If this stays the same pain as it was on the putting green, Ill probably end up withdrawing, Day said. “But it was in a different spot, so it was kind of new to me. I didnt know how it was going to go throughout the day. Then I saw my chiro after the first hole on the second tee, and then I saw him again on the fourth tee, and the pain actually kind of just stayed the same.”

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The weather forecast for Sunday morning in Augusta, Ga., is cloudy with temps in the high 60s and low 70s with a 20 percent chance of rain and 14 mph winds. But isolated thunderstorms are expected to hit at noon, and scattered thunderstorms are predicted for 1-3 p.m. with the chance of rain rising from 35 percent at 1 p.m. to 60 percent at 3 p.m.

“Yeah, I missed a few putts out there but Im not too bummed out about it because I hit them on my lines,” Woods said. “So I can live with that. I can live with days when Im hitting putts on my line and they just dont go in, thats the way it goes. But I also made some distance putts there at 9, 14, 15, those were, they were nice to make and if I keep hitting the putts on my line, they will start dropping.”

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One morning more than a year and a half ago I dropped off my daughter at Wilson Middle School, as I do every day, and walked into one of my favorite shops to get this fateful cup of coffee.

“Yesterday everything seemed to click. And today, when I was hot, I was hot. When its as difficult of a wind as it is today, its not blowing very hard, so you get some gusts that are downwind and then all of a sudden they are into the wind, two seconds later. It makes it quite difficult,” Koepka said. “But I mean, I really could have shot in the 60s very easily if I just would have made some 4‑footers.”

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As I waited, the woman next to me had several newspapers on the counter in front of her. One of the headlines grabbed my attention and I leaned in to steal a read.

“And so its shocking to me and I, its frustrating. But at the end of the day I still got a chance to win it, Im obviously, what am I, four back right now? Thats not too bad going into the weekend, right? If you would have said, you would be four back you got a chance, so. Not terrible, but surely I could be 10-under right now,” DeChambeau said.

Masters moves up tee times due to threat of severe weather on Sunday

She caught me and said I was free to take the section. We talked about the story and then another story and so on.

“No, I dont think so,” Molinari said. “Theres obviously loads of great players in golf right now, and you know, I think Im getting the attention that I deserve, and its not something that I seek or that I want desperately. So Im happy to go about my business and keep playing good golf. Thats what Im trying to focus on.”

We said nice to meet you and learned each other’s names (though she wants to keep her name anonymous for this story). We said maybe we’ll see each other again at the coffee shop.

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For the next few months, we met once or twice a week, always unplanned, and discussed everything from raising kids, to the newspaper industry, to breakfast sandwiches.

According to the Augusta National Golf Club, players will be grouped in threesomes with tee times scheduled for 7:30 a.m. off the No. 1 and No. 10 tees.

I told her I loved golf, a game I shared with my father and friends and a beloved teacher for most of my life. I told her when the Masters was on television I watched every minute and over the years I learned every hole like the back of my hand, but only in the sense of the television coverage. I said it was a dream of mine to see the course in person but I never thought that would happen because it takes years to get a ticket through the lottery and then, of course, there was the expense of going, which probably took me out the mix anyway.

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) — Due to the threat of impending weather, the Masters is moving up tee times on Sunday.

She listened and nodded. She also loved the Masters because her husband was a long-time member of Augusta National Golf Club and every year she shared the PGA event with him.

I knew the numbers. Augusta National has a membership of about 300, including some of the most influential people on earth. Membership is by invitation only and there is no application process. Exclusive? Exclusive doesn’t cut it.

Lets start there because what we saw out of Tiger Woods here on Friday, no matter how riveting and brilliant and enthralling, was what weve seen out of Tiger Woods before. Maybe no one was certain theyd see it again, at least not in a major, let alone the Masters, let alone at 6-under, let alone just one shot back of the leaders, but none of it was really, truly new.

Then she told me she couldn’t bear to go Augusta National any longer. Her husband died several years ago and the one time she went without him it hurt so much because she kept looking up and expecting to see him come around the corner to meet her.

She explained that because of her husband’s membership she still has access to tickets. She said all we had to do was have a few unplanned meetings through the next year and continue to discuss the daily news over cups of coffee.

The next two days will determine that. If nothing else, though, golf is being treated a revival act, an encore that too many had given up on ever occurring again. No one moves the needle like Tiger Woods and so it made sense he was front and center on a circus of a day here — pouring rain, lightning delays, frustrated players and brilliant shots.

I asked why she felt compelled to give me this gift, and she said she saw in me how much I appreciated the Masters. “I want to honor my husband’s memory by sharing it with you.”

Three of the past five years he wasnt healthy enough to even play — usually just jetting in for the old timers champions dinner and then skipping town. As his travails mounted and time ticked, there was little reason to think what transpired here Thursday and especially Friday were truly possible.

This week I drove more than an hour and a half, each way, for three days, to Augusta National, because I couldn’t find a hotel any closer that I could afford.

Tiger Woods plays in front of a lot of people because a lot of things tend to happen when he plays the game. Or at least they used to. He has 14 majors, including four here, but its been a long time since believing he could slip on another green jacket was anything but an exercise in hope or delusion.

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Each day I stood and watched live shots at Amen Corner. I walked down the steep hill of the par-4, 495-yard No. 10 hole named Camelia (way steeper than it is on television). I marveled at tee shots sailing at me, standing behind the fairway bunker on the par-4 No. 18 hole named Holly. I sat in the stands behind the practice tee lined with players. I saw Phil Mickelson nearly ace the par-3 No. 16 hole named Redbud.

I ate, and I’m not kidding, 16 “Masters sandwiches” (including four famous pimento cheese and four egg salad). I applauded the lightning speed of the concession stands (Disney World should take a page from the Masters’ concession-stand playbook). I stopped between tee shots and listened to birds chirping, behind the banks of blooming azaleas and the gurgling of Rae’s Creek.

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Sometimes you see things on television, then visit and they don’t hold up to your expectations.

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There were moments I stood beside a green, looking at the place, and tears welled. It would come over me all of the sudden.

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Was it because I thought I’d never see it in person? Was it because it was so perfect? Or because it was given to me in a beautiful, perfect gesture?


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