AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The 2020 Masters Tournament will be taking place this fall but with some major changes.
The tournament will take place November 9th through the 15th without patrons or guests on the grounds.
All 2020 ticket holders will reportedly be guaranteed the same tickets for the 2021 tournament. Augusta National states that they will be in contact directly with those ticket holders as well as 2021 ticket applicants.
“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 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. 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.”Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club
For more information on the announcement and current plans, you can visit Masters.com
Dr. Phillip Coule, Chief Medical Officer at Augusta University Medical Center, released the following statement regarding the decision:
“This is an unprecedented decision, but the right one. AU Health officials have been available for consultation throughout the process with ANGC.”