Masters Sunday comes earlier than ever to dodge rainstorms

Masters Sunday comes earlier than ever to dodge rainstorms

Reid Spencer Editor & Publisher
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Tiger Woods fired a 5-under-par 67 on Saturday to earn a tie for second place in the 2019 Masters, but he'll have to get up early to make his Sunday tee time.

Set your alarm clocks for an unprecedented Masters Sunday.

Thanks to an early start in hopes of finishing the final round ahead of thunderstorms, this Masters will conclude at about the time the leaders traditionally tee off to start their rounds.

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.

Tournament leader Francesco Molinari (13 under par after a third-round 66) will tee off in the final grouping with Tiger Woods (67) and Tony Finau (64), who are tied for second at 11 under.

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

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