This year's Masters may help disprove a bizarre conspiracy theory about the tournament and its flowers

This year's Masters is going to be decidedly less colorful than what we are used to and it will be the strongest evidence yet disproving what may be the strangest myth in golf.

According to John Strege of Golf Digest, the azaleas at Augusta National have already started to bloom thanks to an unusually warm spring.

This is going to be a problem for the Masters, which is still five weeks away.

The USA National Phenology Network says spring has arrived up to three weeks early in parts of the southeast, and according to one horticulturalist, that will mean fans won't see the Masters' famous azaleas during the tournament.

"They're not going to have any color for the Masters," Tom Rapp told Golf Digest.

The Masters usually gets lucky and almost always has the azaleas in bloom for the tournament. They have been so lucky in fact, that some believe the groundskeepers go to unusual lengths to make sure the flowers bloom at the right time each spring.

It is known as "The ice theory."

According to John Boyette of the Augusta Chronicle, the ice theory has been around for decades. It says that the groundskeepers pack the azaleas with ice to trick them into not blooming early.

Boyette spoke with a local horticulturalist in 2012, who pointed out several big holes in the theory, not the least of which are that ice has a habit of melting when it is warm and that the golf course is really big and has a lot of azalea plants.

Still, sometimes people need to actually see evidence to the contrary. They might get it this year.

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Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Ian Poulter hits out of a bunker on the 2nd hole during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Bubba Watson hits out of a bunker on the 2nd hole during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Bernhard Langer hits out of a bunker on the 2nd hole during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Russell Knox hits a shot on the 8th hole during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Russell Knox hits from the rough on the 2nd hole during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Bubba Watson plays a shot on the 8th hole during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Shane Lowry hits his tee shot on the 2nd hole during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 7, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Rory McIlroy waves to the crowd after an eagle putt on the 13th green during the first round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 7, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Jason Day hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Kiradech Aphibarnrat holds up his golf ball after putting on the 2nd hole during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Keegan Bradley plays his approach to the 2nd hole during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 7, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Ian Poulter hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 7, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Smylie Kaufman hits out of a bunker on the 10th hole during the first round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 08: Danny Lee of New Zealand stands on the second fairway during the second round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 08: Charl Schwartzel of South Africa plays his shot from the second tee during the second round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 08: Hunter Mahan of the United States plays his shot from the fourth tee during the second round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Jordan Spieth makes par on the 18th green during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Hideki Matsuyama walks to the 18th green during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Patrons applaud as Jordan Spieth walks off the 18th green during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Zach Johnson (left) shakes hands with Rickie Fowler (right) after completing the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Webb Simpson hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Tom Watson reacts after missing a long putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Jordan Spieth hits his tee shot on the 7th hole during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Jordan Spieth putts on the 6th hole during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Jordan Spieth hits a shot on the 5th hole during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Paul Casey hits out of a bunker on the 2nd hole during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Rory McIlroy chips onto the 10th green during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Rory McIlroy after making a putt on the 2nd green during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Rory McIlroy lines up a putt on the 2nd green during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; General view of Martin Kaymer , Bill Haas and Rory McIlroy on the 2nd green during the second round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 7, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Jordan Spieth waves to the crowd after making a putt on the 1st green during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Jordan Spieth plays his approach to the 2nd hole during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Hideki Matsuyama waves to the crowd after a birdie putt on the 2nd green during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Bernhard Langer putts on the 2nd green during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Rory McIlroy after putting on the 2nd green during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Billy Horschel chips onto the 2nd green during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Rory McIlroy waves to the crowd after putting on the 7th green during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Dustin Johnson hits his tee shot on the 7th hole during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Bernhard Langer hits his tee shot on the 7th hole during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Hideki Matsuyama hits his tee shot on the 7th hole during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Lee Westwood reacts after an eagle putt on the 15th green during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Danny Willett reacts after putting on the 18th green during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Danny Willett waves to the crowd after completing the 18th hole during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Jordan Spieth reacts after hitting his tee shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Patrons cheer and clap for Danny Willett after Willett completed the 18th hole during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Danny Willett waves to the crowd after completing the 18th hole during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
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