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With heavy thunderstorms in the forecast, the third round of the Portugal Masters will more closely resemble a nine-and-dine at your local club. To get in as much golf as possible around the storms, tournament officials have gone a step beyond calling for a two-tee split - they opted for a full shotgun start:
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the adverse weather forecast round 3 will be a shotgun start at 08:00, with the leaders teeing off from the 1st hole.— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) October 16, 2015
The forecast for Saturday at Oceanico Victoria Golf Club in Vilamoura is indeed poor. The prognosis at weather.com includes a 100 percent chance of thunderstorms, with rain picking up in earnest around 11 a.m. and peaking in intensity by mid-afternoon.
This event is no stranger to foul weather. Last year, Alexander Levy won when the tournament was shortened to 36 holes because the third round - already postponed to Sunday - never got off the ground.
This is the first time since the final round of the 1994 Czech Open that the European Tour has implemented a shotgun start.