AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Masters got underway Thursday after a 2 1/2-hour weather delay on Thursday when Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tom Watson hit the ceremonial first shots.

Most of the heavy rain expected at Augusta National missed the club, though high winds were still expected to make for a difficult day.

Those teeing off late, including Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson, were unlikely to finish before dark, which means they will have long days finishing Friday before playing their second rounds. J

on Rahm is the defending champion after rallying on a marathon Sunday to overcome Brooks Koepka last year.