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Showers Threaten to Put a Damper on the Masters Finale

A shower threatens to sneak northward to Augusta National Golf Club later on Sunday, putting a damper on the conclusion of the 2015 Masters.

While an area of high pressure allowed comfortable weather to compliment the exciting play on Saturday, it will loosen its grip on the Augusta area and open the door for wet weather to return.

Showers and thunderstorms will be most numerous around Augusta on Sunday night through Monday, but a stray shower will sneak in late on Sunday afternoon.

Clouds will otherwise mix with sunshine for the final day of play as temperatures rise to the upper 70s.

According to Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, Augusta National has its own weather center where officials can monitor severe weather developments and quickly evacuate players, spectators and staff from the course when needed.

In the event of a weather delay, a golfer's rhythm could be altered, which can be especially detrimental for a golfer in the middle of a good round. Conversely, those who might be struggling could use the weather delay to regroup and figure out how to get their game back on track.

While disruptive weather can serve as another challenge to an already daunting golf course, weather delays aren't uncommon at Augusta.

"It's a part of their world, they grow used to it, [but] you never like it," Penn State University Men's Golf Coach Greg Nye previously told

When he attended the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, Nye said players stretched and talked to fellow competitors in the clubhouse to pass the time during a weather delay.

For the golfers, getting their bodies physically and mentally ready to resume play can be a difficult thing, especially when it comes to replicating their playing rhythm, according to Nye.

"They try to build that back up through a warmup, but that's a very hard thing to do, because it's not only a physical thing, but it's getting your mind back in that competitive place that it was at," Nye said. Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to the content of this story.