The Masters 2019 began on Thursday at Augusta National with beautiful blue skies and plenty of sun but that is not expected to stay for the duration of the tournament.
In fact, there are serious worries that the Masters could be extended until Monday due to severe weather which is anticipated to hit the golf course.
Thunderstorms are predicted on Thursday and rain has already fallen during the early part of the second round in Georgia.
The high temperature in that part of the United States is predicted to be around 30c but the low is roughly 15c.
This turn in the weather will continue on Saturday and Sunday for the third and fourth rounds respectively, with more rain and thunderstorms forecasted.
Whilst forecasts for Sunday are still subject to change, the wind is expected to pick up and lightning could also become an issue.
It’s at this point when there is a real possibility play could be delayed and the potential of finishing the final round on Monday may become a reality.
“Sunday will bring the risk of more general thunderstorms in the area and any storm could bring severe weather conditions with frequent lightning strikes, torrential downpours and strong wind gusts,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski explained.
“However, the morning and early afternoon hours are likely to be free of rain, so it might be advantageous to start early to avoid the increasing risk of thunderstorms interfering as the afternoon and early evening hours progress.”
The last time the tournament was stretched into a Monday was way back in 1983, with such an instance happening just five times throughout the tournament’s history.
The course has already been shut twice this week due to lightning, meaning there is a real chance we see delays at the Masters this year.
Ian Poulter was leading the way from a British standpoint after the first round at -4, while Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau were the joint-leaders at -6.
Tommy Fleetwood was further back at -1, while Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose were further off the pace at +1 and +3 respectively.