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Tiger Woods' tee time pushed back to late afternoon as inclement weather delays Masters start by hours

The first round of the 2024 Masters tournament has been delayed by several hours on Thursday morning because of strong winds and the potential for heavy rain.

Strong winds and the potential for heavy rain delayed the start of the first round of the 88th Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, on Thursday morning. 

Tournament organizers provided two updates, with the latest pushing back the start time until 10:30 a.m. ET, nearly three hours after the first group, consisting of Erik van Rooyen and Jake Knapp, was set to tee off. 

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Tiger Woods will tee off at 3:54 p.m. and the latest group, which includes 2020 Masters winner Dustin Johnson, will get started at 4:30 p.m. 

The weather delay means those players starting late are unlikely to finish their opening rounds before sundown. If they do not finish, they will complete their opening rounds on Friday morning.

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The Augusta Fire and Emergency Management shared an update from the National Weather Service early Thursday morning. The area near Augusta National Golf Course is expected to experience heavy rainfall at some points and strong wind gusts in excess of 30 mph which could continue throughout the day. 

Bad weather at last year’s Masters saw several trees fall on the otherwise pristine golf course and the conclusion of the second round had to be pushed into the weekend.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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