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2021 Masters to Be Held with Limited Fan Attendance, Per Augusta National

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2021

Augusta National Golf Masters flag pin on the ninth green during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Augusta National Golf Club will host the 2021 Masters with limited attendance in April.

Club chairman Fred Ridley issued a statement on the move:

"Following the successful conduct of the Masters Tournament last November with only essential personnel, we are confident in our ability to responsibly invite a limited number of patrons to Augusta National in April. As with the November Masters, we will implement practices and policies that will protect the health and safety of everyone in attendance. Nothing is, or will be, more important than the well-being of all involved. While we are disappointed that we will be unable to accommodate a full complement of patrons this year, we will continue our efforts to ensure that all who purchased tickets from Augusta National will have access in 2022, provided conditions improve."

Tournament officials moved the 2020 Masters from its typical April start to November because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The course didn't allow any fans to attend the event, which was won by Dustin Johnson.

It's unclear what kind of cap Augusta will put on the number of fans permitted to enter or how those fans will be selected.

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Along with the Masters, the club is planning to stage the Augusta National Women's Amateur as well as the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals. The two events were canceled altogether last year.

Looking ahead to the first major tournament of the 2021 season, Johnson is a slim favorite at +700 (bet $100 to win $700) to repeat at DraftKings. Bryson DeChambeau (+800), Rory McIlroy (+900), Jon Rahm (+1000) and Justin Thomas (+1000) follow closely behind.

History isn't on Johnson's side considering Tiger Woods is the last golfer to don the green jacket in back-to-back years when he successfully defended his title in 2002.

           

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