By petedirenzo
Friday, April 10, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Something wicked this way comes. After a near-perfect day yesterday at Augusta National, rain and high winds are expected to move in later this afternoon, which could make scoring conditions considerably more difficult in the second round. According to the official Masters weather report: “Some of these storms could be severe, with small hail, strong winds, and heavy rainfall.” That’s potentially good news for the early starters, including John Merrick (-5) and Larry Mize (-4), who are already on the course, and the leader Chad Campbell, who tees off at 9:17 a.m. Players near the lead with afternoon tee times include Jim Furyk (1:52 p.m.) and Shingo Katayama (12:57 p.m.). Tiger Woods will go off at 10:45 a.m.Those who survive today's 36-hole cut should enjoy better conditions over the weekend. The forecast for Saturday is mostly sunny and warm with temperatures reaching the mid-70s, with more of the same expected for Sunday. Get the latest forecast at

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