Bad weather disrupted practice for the 83rd Masters for the second day in succession, with players and spectators forced to evacuate Augusta National.
Play was suspended shortly after 3pm local time on Monday and the course received 1.44 inches of rain that afternoon, with an additional 0.23 inches falling early on Tuesday morning.
The gates opened on schedule at 8am (1pm Irish time) on Tuesday but with more storms approaching, tournament officials made the decision to close the course just two hours later.
While the rain will make the course softer and potentially play into the hands of longer hitters such as Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson, Augusta National has a SubAir system that can help to remove water quickly.
Weather Update: Due to approaching storms with lightning, play has been suspended and evacuation of the golf course is underway.— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 9, 2019
The public gates are now closed. Please stay tuned to @themasters and other media outlets for further information when available.