AUGUSTA, Georgia. – By evoking weather issues, the Augusta Golf Club has canceled the iconic green jacket ceremony – though the winner of the 83rd Masters is crowned Sunday.
With a powerful storm system running through the state, Masters officials have advanced until Sunday morning. The players went in trios on separate tees from 7:30. The leaders – Italian Francesco Molinari, under 13, has a two-shot lead over Tony Finau and Tiger Woods – were to take first place at 9:20 am ET.
If the players are able to finish their final round and the champion is determined Sunday, customers will not be able to attend the traditional green jacket ceremony, in which the winner of the previous year (in this case, Patrick Reed) puts a green jacket on the new champion.
Augusta officials announced Sunday morning that they had canceled the ceremony to allow customers and workers to leave the golf course before the time comes.
"There will be no Green Jackets ceremony on the green terrace this afternoon to speed up the closing of the gates," wrote a national Augusta official in an email. "If time permits, we will have pictures with the champion on the putting green after the presentation of Butler Cabin Green Jacket."
The Masters have not finished Monday since 1983, while Spain's Seve Ballesteros won for the second time.