Masters course reopened after storm

The course was closed for more than an hour after gusts of wind blew heavy rain over the famed layout as players and spectators ran for cover once the alert was raised.

The course was closed for more than an hour after gusts of wind blew heavy rain over the famed layout.

Officials reopened Augusta National Golf Club on Monday after a severe thunderstorm forced the evacuation of the course during official practice for the 81st Masters.

The course was closed for more than an hour after gusts of wind blew heavy rain over the famed layout as players and spectators ran for cover once the alert was raised.

Thousands of people had turned out despite earlier showers to watch the world's top golfers ahead of Thursday's opening round in the year's first major men's golf championship.