Thunderstorm halts Masters practice round at Augusta National

A detailed shot of the pin flag on the 18th green during the second round of the 2013 Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2013
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A thunderstorm forces Augusta National organisers to cancel the practice round on Monday ahead of The Masters this week.

A thunderstorm on Monday forced organisers at the Augusta National to cancel the practice round ahead of The Masters this week.

Players and spectators were asked to leave the course due to the torrential conditions at 10am before cancelling the day altogether at lunchtime.

Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said: "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."

Fans will be refunded next month and have also been given the chance to purchase tickets for practice rounds in 2015.

Patrons walking past the Eisenhower Tree during the third round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2012
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