Masters weather suspension may be a good thing, says Furyk

Mon Apr 7, 2014 2:26pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 7 - Only two hours of Masters practice was possible on Monday before play was called off due to the threat of lightning, but Jim Furyk saw that as a potential advantage in what was always going to be a long week.

With light rain falling and thunderous clouds gathering overhead at Augusta National, the siren sounded at 10 a.m. ET, sending the players and spectators scurrying off the course.

However, the weather forecast is much more favorable for the rest of the week and PGA Tour veteran Furyk felt Monday's early finish could benefit his fellow players, especially those making their debuts in the year's opening major championship.

"All this rain will help them (Masters first-timers) a little bit in pacing themselves and not playing too many practice rounds, getting a day where they kind of get to take a breather," American Furyk, 43, told reporters.

"You're just so excited to be here and want to learn about the golf course, but by the time Thursday comes around (for the first round), you're already somewhat worn out. By Sunday, you're running on fumes.

"It (the weather suspension) will make some is of the younger players anxious, but most of those ... they have already been up here and seen the golf course. In the long run, it could be a good thing to have half a day off."

With a 90 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms forecast for Monday at Augusta National, Furyk and his peers made sure they arrived at the course early to cram in some practice.

"I arrived at about 7:45 and was probably on the range before 8:15," smiled Furyk, a 16-times winner on the PGA Tour who played in his first Masters in 1996 and finished in a tie for 29th.   Continued...

Patrons leave after play was suspended and the course closed due to inclement weather during a practice round ahead of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young