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2017 Masters: Cool, windy conditions ahead for opening round

The 81st edition of the Masters in Augusta, Georgia, will begin with cooler-than-normal weather conditions on Thursday.

Severe storms rumbled through Georgia on Monday afternoon, forcing Augusta National Golf Club to close for a time and disrupting practice rounds. Damage was reported throughout town due to the storms, according to

However, the threat of severe or wet weather will not return to impact golfers during the four-day span that the tournament occurs.


“It will be cool, dry and breezy for the first two rounds of the Masters on Thursday and Friday,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Mike Doll.

Spectators heading to Augusta National for the first or second round will want to have a jacket or sweatshirt handy, but especially for the morning hours with temperatures in the mid-50s expected.

Ninety-four golfers comprise this year's tournament field and will battle to claim the famed green jacket. Play will officially begin when the first group tees off at 8 a.m. EDT Thursday.

Highs will be in the mid-60s F on Thursday and Friday; a normal high temperature for those days is around 73.

The breeze may make an already challenging golf course more difficult for golfers to navigate. Winds of 20 mph will arrive out of the west on Thursday with gusts up to 30 mph possible. By Friday, winds will lessen slightly with gusts up to 20 mph out of the west-northwest.

While golfers will battle the wind during the first two rounds, those that advance to play into the weekend will experience improved conditions.

"Very nice weather is expected for the weekend with lighter winds, plenty of sunshine and high temperatures in the 70s," Doll said.