The game at Augusta National begins Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time with the resumption of the first round, which was postponed by nearly three hours due to rain on Thursday. When the darkness made it impossible to play on Thursday evening, there were 44 golfers remaining, most of them on their last nine holes or fairly close to that distance.
After completing the first round, golfers remain on the course to begin the second round. Other delays aside, this is expected to start at 9:35 a.m., according to ESPN. But will this put undue strain on the morning wave of players, some of whom will play more than 27 holes in a row today?
“I don’t think it’s affecting you one way or the other,” said ESPN’s Curtis Strange, former PGA Tour professional and consecutive US Open winner, at the end of the game Thursday night. “I don’t think you’re ahead of yourself, you can’t think like that. You finish the lap, you don’t run through, you don’t try to race the last one or two shots. You have all day tomorrow. Try to rest, tomorrow will be a long day. These guys are in great shape, they are athletes. You’ve done this before, there are lots of rain delays over the year. ”
Friday afternoon players will eventually face the same situation as they will have to finish their second round on Saturday morning before they can move on to the third (if they make the cut, obviously). At sunset around 5:30 p.m., daylight will almost certainly go out before everyone is ready on Friday.
Paul Casey, who started in the morning and finished his round on Thursday, is at the top of the ranking with 7 under par. Three players are two strokes back, including Justin Thomas, who only played 10 holes on Thursday. Eight more are below by four, including a guy named Tiger Woods.