Even Augusta National bows to Mother Nature
By Stephanie Wei under The Masters
Patrons exiting the premises

Patrons exiting the premises

Stormy and wet weather on Monday halted practice rounds and closed the doors to Augusta National as patrons were asked to exit the premises. The Masters regulates that practice rounds begin no earlier than 8am, and play was suspended at 10am when sirens sounded across the course, so not much was accomplished. 

Here’s the statement from the tournament:

Due to inclement weather conditions and safety concerns, it was necessary that we close the gates for Monday’s (April 7) Practice Round at 10:00 A.M.  The current forecast is that this weather front will not permit the reopening of the grounds.

Purchasers of Monday Practice Round tickets will be sent refunds in May, and will be guaranteed the opportunity to purchase 2015 Practice Rounds tickets.  Further information will be included with the refund.

“We are disappointed that our patrons could not enjoy today’s practice round, however safety must be our first concern.  We look forward to seeing these Patrons next year,” said Billy Payne, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.

The last time gates did not open due to bad weather during a scheduled day was Monday, April 7, 2003.

Well, that is certainly unfortunate for people who only had tickets for Monday (and who made the long trip for such a short time inside the gates — that is, if they even made it there). Good news is they are guaranteed a return trip next year and hopefully the weather will cooperate then.

The forecast calls for sunny skies with temperatures reaching the 80s over the weekend. Hooray. Because today was truly miserable.