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Drier Days Ahead for Augusta National, 2014 Masters

In the wake of over an inch of rain and suspended practice at Augusta National Golf Club, Ga., the weather will trend less rainy through midweek.

More than eight hours of showers and thunderstorms on Monday delivered 1.23 inches of rain to the Augusta, Ga., area.

Cool weather is in store and some soggy areas are possible after Monday's deluge.

Most of the day Tuesday will be free of rain for practice as the area hovers in between two areas of showers and thunderstorms. However, spotty showers and gusty thunderstorms are forecast to erupt late in the day and continue into Tuesday night as a system from the lower Mississippi Valley drifts eastward.

Cool weather will continue on Wednesday with temperatures in the 60s much of the day. While most of the day will again be free of rain, a pop-up shower cannot be ruled out during the afternoon for the Par 3 tournament.

No rain is in the offing for the main rounds Thursday, Friday and Saturday with sunshine and a day-to-day warming trend.

A building area of high pressure will provide ideal golfing conditions with temperatures climbing well into the 70s Thursday and Friday. Highs in the 80s are forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

As the air turns a bit more humid on Sunday for the final round, there is a slight chance of a stray thunderstorm during the afternoon and evening hours.

Players have commented on how the course looks and plays different this year due to less trees.

Southern ice storms caused extensive property, tree and landscape damage over the winter, causing headaches for cleanup crews at Augusta and other golf courses in the region.

Augusta National lost a senior member of the club this past winter. The loblolly pine on hole number 17, known as the Eisenhower Tree, was heavily damaged in a February ice storm. The tree had to be removed as a result.