2020 Masters Will Be Held Without Fans in November, Per Augusta National

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 12, 2020

FILE - In this April 11, 2019, file photo, the flag on the 13th hole blows in the wind during the first round for the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Augusta National decided Friday, March 13, 2020, to postpone the Masters because of the spread of the coronavirus. Club chairman Fred Ridley says he hopes postponing the event puts Augusta National in the best position to host the Masters and its other two events at some later date. Ridley did not say when it would be held.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Fil)
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Augusta National Golf Club announced Wednesday that the 2020 Masters Tournament will not permit fans on the grounds during this year's event from Nov. 9-15.

Chairman Fred Ridley issued a statement on the decision:

"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."

Ridley said the club is hopeful to have fans on the grounds for the 2021 Masters next April.

This year's Masters was originally scheduled for April 9-12 but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ridley announced April 6 that Augusta National Golf Club "identified" the week of Nov. 9-15 as the likely dates for the tournament.

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It wasn't clear at that time if fans would be permitted to attend. Ridley noted, "Our future plans are incumbent upon favorable counsel and direction from health officials."

The 2020 Masters will mark the first time the tournament has been played outside the month of April since 1939. The tournament was canceled for three straight years from 1943 to 1945 because of World War II.

The Masters will be this year's final major event on the PGA Tour. Collin Morikawa won the PGA Championship last weekend. The U.S. Open is scheduled for Sept. 17-20 in Mamaroneck, New York. The Open Championship, originally planned to be played July 16-19, was canceled because of the pandemic.