Lightning was the cause of the Augusta Masters kickoff being suspended, which had Jack Nicklaus and Gary Palmer as protagonists for the kickoffs
It turns out that there is something normal in this Masters: rain.
Roughly half an hour after Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player hit their honorary kicks in front of the smallest crowd in history, a roar was heard from Amen Corner.
It wasn’t a roar, but an approaching storm. The camp was evacuated due to a lightning strike in the area around 7:35 am local time.
Due to the tournament being moved to November and the narrow window of daylight hours, the game started with a double start at the three of the 1 and the 10.
With no spectators, only about 500 people (Augusta National members and family members, wives of some players, media and tournament officials gathered around the first tee to watch Nicklaus and Player launch their units.
Nicklaus’ wife, Barbara, was dressed in the white caddie overalls in a fact that amazed those present.
Most jarring was the sound of a drone, a first for the Masters. Club president Fred Ridley said two drones would be used during the week.
It was also peculiar that the 1988 champion Sandy Lyle in the overalls. When he hit his tee shot from the 10th for the earliest outing and with the fog clinging to the fairways, Lyle turned and said, “Where did he go?”
Nine players have completed a hole. Nobody made a birdie. Chinese amateur Yuxin Lin double bogeyed at No. 10.
The first round is expected to start at around 11 a.m. local time.