Augusta's green jacket ceremony nixed over weather concerns
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Sunday's green jacket ceremony at the Masters, an iconic part of the tradition that's unlike any other, has been canceled due to weather concerns in Augusta, Ga.
Augusta National Golf Club officials made the decision so that patrons and workers will be safely off the course before the inclement weather arrives. Strong winds and thunderstorms are in the forecast for the afternoon.
"There will not be a Green Jacket Ceremony on the terrace putting green this afternoon in order to expedite gate closures," a club official wrote in an email. "Weather permitting, we will have photos with the champion on the putting green following the Butler Cabin Green Jacket presentation."
The presentation traditionally features the previous year's winner slipping the iconic green jacket onto the new champion. Patrick Reed won the 2018 Masters.
Forecasts of impending storms led the club to push up Sunday's final round tee times, with threesomes starting on split tees at 7:30 a.m. ET.
If the weather forces early stoppage on Sunday, the Masters would have its first Monday finish since 1983 when Spain's Seve Ballesteros won his second green jacket.