The Masters to be played without fans in November

As more and more teams are planning to play without fans this fall, one of the most storied golf tournaments will be played without its patrons.

Augusta National Golf Club announced Wednesday that the 2020 Masters Tournament will take place November 9-15 without fans on the grounds.

“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,” Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said in a statement. “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.”

All 2020 ticket holders will keep the same tickets for the regularly scheduled 2021 Masters next spring.

Washington is the latest team to announce it will play without fans so far, as some college conferences (including the SEC) are hanging onto plans to play in the fall).