AUGUSTA, Ga. — Severe weather hasn't even reached Georgia's western border yet - but The Masters on the other side of the state is already preparing for its impact on the massive event.

Officials with the Augusta National announced that groupings and tee times for the final round will be adjusted given the possibility of severe weather Sunday afternoon.

“The safety of everyone on our grounds is paramount,” said Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament. “We also believe the earlier start will give us the best opportunity to complete the Masters on Sunday."

Players will now be grouped into threesomes with tee times scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. off Nos. 1 and 10 tees. The leaders will tee off at 9:20 a.m.

Gates are scheduled to open at 7:15 a.m.

"This decision should benefit everyone – the players, our patrons and our fans watching around the world," Ridley said. "Given the competitiveness and drama of this year’s Tournament, we look forward to an exciting conclusion tomorrow.” 

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