It seemed like a foregone conclusion, and on Wednesday it became official. No guests or spectators will be allowed at the Masters in November.
“Throughout this process, we have consulted with health officials and a variety of subject matter experts,” Fred Ridley, Augusta National and Masters chair, said on Masters.com. “Ultimately, we determined that the potential risks of welcoming patrons and guests to our grounds in November are simply too significant to overcome.”
The tournament was postponed the week it was scheduled to start back in April.
“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.”
Also, any 2020 ticket holders will be guaranteed the same tickets for the 2021 Masters.
Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, announced today that the 2020 Masters Tournament will take place November 9-15 without patrons or guests on the grounds.
— The Masters (@TheMasters) August 12, 2020