Storm forecast means Masters coverage will start at 9 a.m. Sunday on CBS 17

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP/WNCN) — This is a tradition unlike any other for the Masters – an early start Sunday with hopes of finishing ahead of thunderstorms.

Players will start in threesomes on the first and 10th tees, with the first group out at 7:30 a.m. The leaders will tee off at 9 a.m., about six hours earlier than a typical Sunday at Augusta National.

CBS Sports will broadcast the final round on CBS 17 starting at 9 a.m.

Assuming there are no delays, the final round should end about 2:30 p.m.

Club chairman Fred Ridley says an early start gives the tournament the best chance to avoid rain and end on Sunday.

The Masters has not gone to a Monday finish since Seve Ballesteros won in 1983.
 

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