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    Overnight Storm Delays Opening

    2012 Masters Wednesday Practice Round
    Early morning fog surrounds the Tournament Practice Facility on Wednesday.
    Rusty Jarrett/Augusta National

    An overnight thunderstorm caused a gate-opening delay at the 76th Masters Tournament on Wednesday morning. At daylight, fog blanketed the Augusta National Golf Club on the final day of Practice Rounds and as the Par 3 Contest was scheduled to take place in the afternoon on the Par 3 Course. The gates were scheduled to open at 8:40 a.m.

    Cleanup crews were busy on the grounds preparing the course after a storm moved through the Augusta area that brought high winds, heavy rain and hail. After midnight Tuesday, there was more than one inch of rain on site.

    The forecast calls for warm weather today, setting the stage for some isolated showers and thunderstorms in mid-afternoon and evening. Storms are likely by Thursday afternoon into the evening and continuing Friday morning with clearing Friday afternoon. Dry conditions will return this weekend with more seasonable temperatures of highs in the mid-70s.