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How meteorologists helped guarantee Tiger's 5th Masters win

Sunday, April 14th 2019, 4:35 pm - It came down to the wire in more ways than one at The Masters Tournament.

The end of The Masters was a nail-biter in more than one way, and Tiger Woods might want to add meteorologists to his list of people to thank in the wake of his epic win.

With deadly storms raking the U.S. Deep South on Saturday and expected to roll into the Southeast for Sunday, this was a particularly important forecast to nail, and, happily, the meteorologists calling the shots did an excellent job.

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As Woods made his tournament-winning putt, a line of strong storms was less than 30 miles (48 km) to the west and closing in on the course, located in Augusta, Georgia.

This wasn't a surprise to those doing the official forecast, however; Sunday's final rounds were moved up in anticipation of severe weather, with the earliest tee times bumped to 7:30 a.m.

This was also the first time in history that the Masters' final round had a two-tee start, with the back half of the pack starting on the 10th hole in the hopes of getting everyone through the course before the storms moved in.

"The safety of everyone on our grounds is paramount," said Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters in a statement released Saturday.

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And it's hard to deny that the timing worked out perfectly, with lightning only about 20 miles away when the tournament wrapped up, and severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings popping up to the west through the early afternoon.

Sources: Golf Digest | PGATour.com |

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