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Inclement weather closes Masters grounds Monday

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Masters week is off to a wet start.

Just two hours after the gates opened to patrons on Monday morning, a weather warning siren echoed throughout Augusta National Golf Club and play was suspended. All badge holders were asked to leave the premises because of potentially dangerous conditions. Around 12:40 p.m. ET, officials announced that gates would not re-open for the day.

“We are disappointed that our patrons could not enjoy today’s practice round, however safety must be our first concern. We look forward to seeing these patrons next year,” said Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.

The silver lining to these clouds comes in the form of the extended forecast.

There is only a small chance of rain for Tuesday’s practice round and the remainder of the week is forecasted to be dry and sunny.

The last time gates did not open because of bad weather during a scheduled day was Monday, April 7, 2003. Augusta National officials noted in a statement that Monday ticket holders would receive refunds in May and "will be guaranteed the opportunity to purchase 2015 Practice Rounds tickets."