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- The Augusta National Golf Club announced that the 2020 Masters Tournament will be held with only players in attendance, not fans or patrons.
- Multiple sporting events have been postponed or adjusted to reduce the spread of the virus.
Following other professional sporting events restricting guests or outright canceling events, the 2020 Masters Golf Tournament will do its part to reduce transmission of COVID-19 by playing without fans or patrons present.
USAToday reports that the Augusta National Golf Club (ANGC), an elite golf club located in Augusta, Ga., and the home to the Masters Tournament, made the announcement on Wednesday.
ANGC initially postponed the tournament back in March, and canceled season events including the 2020 Augusta National Women’s Amateur and Drive, Chip & Putt finals.
“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,” Fred Ridley, the club and tournament chairman reportedly said in a press release. “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.”
As a state, Georgia is struggling to flatten the epidemiological curve of the coronavirus, with the state reporting 222,588 confirmed cases.
Richmond County, home to Augusta, has posted broad upticks in new cases, according to state health department data. On July 28, the county saw a record number of 183 cases in a single day, bringing the seven-day moving average to 94.6 cases as of Aug. 11.
USAToday notes that the club promised all 2020 ticket holders will be guaranteed the same tickets for the 2021 Masters, tentatively scheduled for April. The 2020 Masters is scheduled for Nov. 9-15.