Augusta - The Masters will move up Sunday's final-round start and schedule threesomes off two tees to try and finish before oncoming severe storms, Augusta National Golf Club chairman Fred Ridley announced on Saturday.
Threesomes will start from the first and 10th tees starting at 07:30 (13:30 SA time) with leaders beginning at 09:20 (15:20 SA time). Gates will open to spectators at 07:15 (13:15).
Forecasts predict severe thunderstorms for late Sunday afternoon in the vicinity of the famed course, when leaders would normally be battling for the green jacket.
That prompted the safety move to protect players and spectators.
"The safety of everyone on our grounds is paramount," Ridley said.
"We also believe the earlier start will give us the best opportunity to complete the Masters on Sunday. This decision should benefit everyone - the players, our patrons and our fans watching around the world.
"Given the competitiveness and drama of this year's tournament, we look forward to an exciting conclusion tomorrow (Sunday)."
Pairings for Sunday's final round of the 83rd Masters at par-72
Augusta National Golf Club (a-denotes amateur, all times SA):
13:30 - Aaron Wise (USA), Marc Leishman (AUS), Kim Si-woo (KOR)
13:41 - Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG), Kevin Tway (USA), Patton Kizzire (USA)
13:52 - Henrik Stenson (SWE), Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Cameron Smith (AUS)
14:03 - Jordan Spieth (USA), Tommy Fleetwood (ENG), Corey Conners (CAN)
14:14 - Jason Day (AUS), Bubba Watson (USA), Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN)
14:25 - Justin Thomas (USA), Phil Mickelson (USA), Jon Rahm (ESP)
14:36 - Adam Scott (AUS), Patrick Cantlay (USA), Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN)
14:47 - Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Dustin Johnson (USA), Rickie Fowler (USA)
14:58 - Matt Kuchar (USA), Justin Harding (RSA), Xander Schauffele (USA)
15:09 - Brooks Koepka (USA), Webb Simpson (USA), Ian Poulter (ENG)
15:20 - Francesco Molinari (ITA), Tony Finau (USA), Tiger Woods (USA)
13:30 - Kyle Stanley (USA), a-Viktor Hovland (NOR), Charley Hoffman (USA)
13:41 - Kevin Kisner (USA), Bryson DeChambeau (USA), a-Takumi Kanaya (JPN)
13:52 - Rory McIlroy (NIR), Keegan Bradley (USA), Gary Woodland (USA)
14:03 - Jimmy Walker (USA), J.B. Holmes (USA), Charles Howell (USA)
14:14 - Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA), Kevin Na (USA), a-Alvaro Ortiz (MEX)
14:25 - Patrick Reed (USA), a-Devon Bling (USA), Keith Mitchell (USA)
14:36 - Tyrrell Hatton (USA), Satoshi Kodaira (JPN), Andrew Landry (SA)
14:47 - Bernhard Langer (GER), Rafael Cabrera Bello (ESP), Eddie Pepperell (ENG)
14:58 - Branden Grace (RSA), Martin Kaymer (GER), Li Haotong (CHN)
15:09 - Emiliano Grillo (ARG), Zach Johnson (USA), Billy Horschel (USA)
15:20 - Trevor Immelman (RSA), Alex Noren (SWE)