Bad news on the weather front as thunderstorms set to wreak havoc on Saturday's round at Augusta 3 years ago

Bad news on the weather front as thunderstorms set to wreak havoc on Saturday's round at Augusta

Expect delays.

Golf tournaments are always at the mercy of Mother Nature – and The Masters is no exception. After two days of reasonably benign conditions on Thursday and Friday, the weather forecast isn't looking good for 'moving day' at Augusta.

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Heavy showers are expected on Saturday afternoon in Georgia, just as the leaders are getting their third rounds underway, with thunderstorms also forecast later in the day. That's bad news for viewers, as thunderstorms will most likely result in a few delays.

The wind will pick up, too, with gusts of up to 20mph making things even tougher for those chasing leader Patrick Reed.

Swirling winds complicated matters for many of the game's best on Friday, with the 74.563 scoring average almost a full stroke higher than the opening day.

There's nothing quite like Saturday and Sunday shootouts at Augusta. They make for compelling television as the roars cascade across the iconic course's tree-lined fairways. It becomes a truly spectacular sporting amphitheatre but it looks as though our appreciation of the year's first major will be interrupted over the next 30 hours or so.

OFFICIAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MASTERS SATURDAY (as of 6 PM Fri.)

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Saturday: Scattered showers in the morning, then rain likely with a few thunderstorms possible during the afternoon, especially after 2 PM. Rain may be heavy at times.
- Rainfall: 0.60-1.00"
- Low: 60F, High: 70F
- Winds: SSW 5-10 mph in the morning, then SW shifting W 10-15 mph, gusting to 20 mph during the afternoon.

If you're settling in to watch The Masters tonight, there might be a point when you'll be able to flick over to Match of the Day for a bit. The second round didn't finish until after 12.30am and, although the players will be going out in two-balls this evening, we may be in for another late one.