By Michael Pavitt |
Augusta National Golf Club has confirmed that the Masters will take place without spectators as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Fred Ridley, the club’s chairman, said the decision was taken after consultation with health officials.
It was deemed that the potential risks were too significant to allow fans to attend the event in Georgia.
“Since our initial announcement to postpone the 2020 Masters, we have remained committed to a rescheduled tournament in November while continually examining how best to host a global sporting event amid this pandemic,” said Ridley.
“As we have considered the issues facing us, the health and safety of everyone associated with the Masters always has been our first and most important priority.
“Throughout this process, we have consulted with health officials and a variety of subject matter experts.
“Ultimately, we determined that the potential risks of welcoming patrons and guests to our grounds in November are simply too significant to overcome.”
“Even in the current circumstances, staging the Masters without patrons is deeply disappointing,” Ridley added.
“The guests who come to Augusta each spring from around the world are a key component to making the tournament so special.
“Augusta National has the responsibility, however, to understand and accept the challenges associated with this virus and take the necessary precautions to conduct all aspects of the tournament in a safe manner.
“We look forward to the day when we can welcome all of our patrons back, hopefully in April 2021.
“We appreciate the support and patience of all those we serve – including the Augusta community, our corporate and broadcast partners and our friends in golf – as we continue to plan for this historic event.”
Augusta National Golf Club confirmed all ticket holders will be guaranteed the same tickets for the 2021 tournament.
The Masters will be the third golf major of the coronavirus impacted season.
It follows the PGA Championship and the US Open, with the latter scheduled to take place without spectators from September 17 to 20.
The Open Championship, due to take place in the United Kingdom, is the only one of this year’s majors to have been cancelled.
The Masters was initially scheduled to be the first major of the year, but the event was postponed from its dates of April 9 to 12.
Tiger Woods is the reigning champion, winning the famous green jacket last year.
Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz.