April 14 (UPI) — The green jacket ceremony at the 2019 Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia has been canceled due to the threat of severe weather.
Tournament officials made the announcement early Sunday that there will be no ceremony on the green after the winner is crowned.
Italy’s Francesco Molinari shot a 6-under-par 66 to take the lead after three rounds, two strokes ahead of Americans Tiger Woods and Tony Finau. Molinaro faltered in the final round and Woods was strong as he took a 2-shot lead over Dustin Johnson, Xandler Schauffele and Brooks Koepka with two holes to go.
There will still be a green jacket presentation in Butler Cabin, but the normal jacket ceremony on the terrace putting green was called off to be able to open the gates quicker.
“There will not be a Green Jacket Ceremony on the terrace putting green this afternoon in order to expedite gate closures,” a representative for the club wrote in an email to golf.com.
“Weather permitting, we will have photos with the champion on the putting green following the Butler Cabin Green Jacket presentation.”
Thunderstorms are expected to move into the area as early as 2 p.m. ET, and tournament officials want to do what they can to avoid having to not have to finish the event on Monday.
The Masters has not ended on a Monday since 1983, and that also was due to heavy rain.
Masters officials adjusted the tee times for the final round to try to avoid issues with the weather, with golfers teeing off as early as 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday morning.