Augusta National Golf Club is shown on what would've been the first practice round for the Masters, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Augusta. They are cities defined by their signature sporting events. When you hear Augusta, you instantly think of the Masters. Photo: Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP
Augusta National Golf Club is shown on what would've been the first practice round for the Masters, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Augusta. They are cities defined by their signature sporting events. When you hear Augusta, you instantly think of the Masters. Photo: Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP

Golf-Masters to proceed without spectators in November

By Reuters Time of article published Aug 12, 2020

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AUGUSTA - The Masters, which brings together the world's best golfers in one of the sport's four majors, will be held without spectators in November because of the Covid-19 outbreak, Augusta National Golf Club said on Wednesday.

Organisers had been examining how best to host the global sporting event ever since the pandemic forced the postponement of the tournament, traditionally held during the first full week of April at Augusta National.

"Throughout this process, we have consulted with health officials and a variety of subject matter experts," Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said in a statement.

"Ultimately, we determined that the potential risks of welcoming patrons and guests to our grounds in November are simply too significant to overcome."

Ridley said Augusta National, which will host the Masters from Nov. 12-15, has the responsibility to take necessary precautions related to the virus and that "hopefully" the club can welcome patrons back in April 2021.

The Masters, known as much for the beauty of the Augusta National course as the deafening roars that echo through the towering pines that line the pristine layout, attracts spectators from all over the world.

Reuters

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