• Masters

Weather plays havoc with practice

ESPN staff
April 7, 2014
Spectators had to leave Augusta National after a severe weather warning © Getty Images

The first day of Masters week was a short one, as dangerous weather and storms forced the closing of Augusta National after just two hours.

The closure was followed by a decision to not reopen the course to spectators.

Thousands of spectators, who acquired tickets last year through a lottery process and were on the course when it opened at 8am, were told to leave the grounds just after 10am as rain started to fall and lightning was detected in the area.

Practice rounds for the Masters, which is set to begin on Thursday, were also called off as rain pelted the course.

At about 12.45pm, the tournament announced that the gates would not reopen to fans, a first since 2003.

Augusta National said it would be offering refunds to all who purchased Monday practice round tickets through the club and guaranteed them the opportunity to purchase practice round tickets for the 2015 Masters.

The club had previously held a lottery for Tuesday and Wednesday practice-round days.

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