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Masters Golf Tournament 2012: Telecast Could Be Without Azaleas

There are a few weeks that help set the Masters apart from any other Golf Tournament in the world. The Course, the stakes but perhaps more than anything else, the scenery. The flowers around the golf course and the fact that fans aren't really allowed to be a part of some of the most beautiful places on the course help make the telecast so memorable. This year, that may not be the case, as an abnormally warm Spring has caused the flower to bloom just a little bit too early, according to the Associated Press via SB Nation.

"I saw them, but it was last week," defending champion Charl Schwartzel said. "I was here a week ago last Thursday, and they were beautiful. But the first thing I thought was, 'They're all going to be gone.' I thought Augusta would be able to do something -- get the fans on them or something. It's weird."

It certainly won't be the same kind of feel as the tournament normally has, but as long as the weather is nice, the tournament and the course still figures to be one of the most unique we'll see on tour this year.

For complete coverage of the 2012 Masters Tournament head over to the SB Nation golfhub page, or SB Nation's golf blog, Waggle Room.

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