It turns out that this master has a certain normality: rain.
About half an hour after Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player tees off in front of the smallest crowd ever, a rumble could be heard from Amen Corner. It wasn’t a roar, but an approaching storm. The course was evacuated around 7:35 am due to lightning in the area.
Due to the move to November and the narrow window of daylight hours, the game began with both tee sets.
And with no spectators, only about 500 people – members and family members of Augusta National, some wives of players, media and tournament officials – gathered around the first tee to watch Nicklaus and Player hit their drives. Nicklaus had dressed his wife Barbara in white overalls for caddies.
Most annoying was the sound of a drone – a first for the masters. The club’s chairman, Fred Ridley, said two drones would be deployed for the week.
Also strange in 1988 was Master Sandy Lyle, who wore suspenders. And when he hit his tee from the 10th for the earliest start and fog clung to the fairways, Lyle turned and said, “Where did he go?”
Nine players completed a hole. Nobody did birdie. Chinese amateur Yuxin Lin did a double bogey at No. 10.