The Masters is usually one of the most hotly anticipated events in the golfing calendar, but in 2020 it’s going to look very different. In fact, the Masters 2020 will be unfamiliar this year with no patrons of fans in attendance.
A Postponed Event
For starters, the 2020 Masters will be different this year because it’s taking place at a different time of the year. Usually held in the springtime, this year’s pandemic saw the famous event delayed.
While the organizers of the Masters didn’t want to cancel, they had to find the right time to bring the event to the masses. The Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, Fred Riley, recently announced that the Masters will be held at the famous course from November 9 until 15. However, there are going to be changes.
An Empty Course
Typically, you would expect to find thousands of fans around the course, watching the best golfers in the world take on one of the toughest challenges in the sport. However, this year there will be no fans or even patrons of the Augusta National Golf Club allowed to watch the major.
To ensure the safety of guests and patrons, the golf course made the decision to banish anyone from the event who doesn’t need to be there. Of course, the guests who come to the event are part of what makes it so special, but the organizers felt the only safe way to hold the tournament was without them.
Returning Next Year
Augusta’s chairman made the announcement via a course statement. Riley added that next year the Masters will return to its regular April slot, and fans who bought tickets but didn’t get to go this year will be guaranteed tickets.
Unfortunately, the global situation in 2020 has changed many things. One of those things was the 2020 Masters, but while it will seem very different, at least it’s still going ahead.