AUGUSTA, Ga. — The traditional Par 3 contest was eliminated by COVID-19 regulations ahead of the 2020 and 2021 Masters tournaments.
On Wednesday, Mother Nature took her turn.
As thunderstorms approached the area around noon, Augusta National began closing the course around 11:20 a.m. ET. Play was suspended during Tuesday’s practice round at 10:55 a.m. ET due to “bad weather and safety concerns.”
The Par 3 contest was scheduled to start at noon and run through the afternoon, but the weather forecast calls for rain and thunderstorms. The competition is an expected event, both for sponsors and for competitors.
Just before 1 p.m. ET, the event finally began.
“It’s funny, when you don’t have kids the Par 3 seems like a bit of an afterthought and then once the kids come in it kind of becomes the highlight of the week,” said said Rory McIlroy, who is looking for his first Masters victory. “So yeah, I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be fun to go out tomorrow and watch her run.
The Weather Channel forecast indicates that thunderstorms will begin in Augusta around noon, with the potential for severe storms.
The rain is expected to continue through Thursday morning before dissipating around 8 a.m. ET. There is only a 2% chance of rain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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