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Weather? ‘Funky’ is expected, along with some rain

By Robert Jones

American forecasters say the weather at the Masters could get rather ‘funky’ this week.

On Tuesday night rains softened the grounds at Augusta National Golf Club as 0.42 inches fell starting late Monday night.

And that wasn’t lost on three-times winner Phil Mickelson, who said on Tuesday that soft conditions have left the course vulnerable to a host of fearless, young golfers such as Rory McIlroy who are ready to fire away once play begins today.

Mickelson says Augusta’s greens don’t have the lightning-fast feel that causes players to shape approach shots and make cautious putts.

After Monday's heat reached 95 degrees, yesterday was a lot cooler — if you could call the low 80s cool.

The extended forecast, however, could not be termed as promising.

There was a 30 per cent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms yesterday — and today’s first round could be marred by rain and thunderstorms as there is a 60 per cent chance of precipitation. Friday's second round could well see similar conditions.

Cooler temperatures — falling into the low 70s — arrive on Saturday and Sunday without any hint of rain, so there should be no disruption in the play when we get to the business end of the tournament.

Saturday actually has the potential to be rather breezy, while for the final round on Sunday, light winds are expected.

  • Martin Kaymer's Masters week got off to a great start with a trick shot hole-in-one and now the German is hoping it can also end on a spectacular note.

Kaymer was not content with skimming a ball across the lake and onto the green at the short 16th on the first day of official practice at Augusta National on Monday.

All the players are urged by the crowd to try that, but Germany's former world No. 1 trumped everybody else by putting his shot into the hole.

The 27-year-old, who was top of the rankings this time last year, said: “'I feel a lot better about my game this year than I did last time.

“I've changed a few things in my swing and they are working well.”

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