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The Masters Stopped By Rain Soon After It Begins

AUGUSTA, Ga.: The Latest on the Masters (all instances native):

8:25 a.m.

Jack Nicklaus says he’s achieved speaking about his endorsement of President Donald Trump.

The six-time Masters champion posted a message of help for the Republican candidate on social media shortly earlier than the election. He additionally stated he had already voted for Trump, who wound up dropping the Nov. three election to former Vice President Joe Biden.

Nicklaus was at Augusta National on Thursday to open the Masters with a ceremonial tee shot alongside fellow Hall of Famer Gary Player.

Asked about his endorsement of Trump, Nicklaus stated, I feel Ive stated sufficient about that. I dont assume it is a place for politics.

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8:05 a.m.

Turns out there’s some normalcy to this Masters: Rain.

About a half-hour after Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player hit honorary tee pictures earlier than the smallest crowd ever, a rumble might be heard from Amen Corner. It wasn’t a roar, however an approaching storm. The course was evacuated due to lightning within the space at about 7:35 a.m.

Because of the transfer to November and the tight window of daylight, play started off each units of tees.

And with no spectators, solely about 500 folks Augusta National members and household, just a few wives of gamers, media and event officers gathered across the first tee to look at Nicklaus and Player hit their drives. Nicklaus had his spouse, Barbara, dressed within the white coveralls for caddies.

Most jarring was the sound of a drone a primary for the Masters. Club Chairman Fred Ridley stated two drones could be used for the week.

Also peculiar was 1988 champion Sandy Lyle carrying suspenders. And when he hit his tee shot off the 10th for the earliest begin and with fog clinging to the fairways, Lyle turned and stated, Where did it go?

Nine gamers have accomplished one gap. No one made birdie. Chinese beginner Yuxin Lin made double bogey on No. 10.

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