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April 07, 2014

Masters closes gates Monday because of weather, first time spectators locked out of practice round since 2003

Due to inclement weather conditions and safety concerns, Augusta National's gates were closed around 10 a.m. Monday, and the forecast did not permit the reopening of the grounds.
 
The last time gates did not open due to bad weather during a scheduled day was Monday, April 7, 2003.

Purchasers of Monday Practice Round tickets will be sent refunds in May, and will be guaranteed the opportunity to purchase 2015 Practice Rounds tickets.  Further information will be included with the refund.
 
“We are disappointed that our patrons could not enjoy today’s practice round, however safety must be our first concern.  We look forward to seeing these Patrons next year,” said Billy Payne, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.

The extended forecast shows very little chance of rain for the remainder of the week, with high temperatures in the 70s through Friday and in the 80s both Saturday and Sunday, so hopefully things will proceed smoothly from here on out and the course will be in ideal condition for tournament rounds.

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