Augusta to allow limited patrons for 2021 Masters

Ruben Hill
January 14, 2021

Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, announced Tuesday that this year's Masters, scheduled for April 5-11, will have similar health and safety standards to those previously instituted in November 2020.

While efforts are being made to safely include a limited number of spectators, Ridley indicated COVID-19 conditions must improve to make the move possible.

The Augusta National Golf Club announced on Tuesday that they will limit patrons to April's Masters Tournament due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Dustin Johnson won his first Masters title when the tournament was played without crowds in November a year ago, after it was moved from its original April date due to the coronavirus pandemic.

No fans were on site at Augusta when the tournament was staged in November, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Island Golf Club in Donabate is scheduled to host the Irish Amateur Open in 2022 and 2023 following a major upgrade of its front nine by architects Mackenzie & Ebert. "Nothing is, or will be, more important than the well-being of all involved", Ridley said.

Those figures have been steadily increasing since the Masters was held at Augusta in November.

In addition, Ridley said the club meant to conduct the Augusta National Women's Amateur and the three-pronged junior skills competition, known as the Drive, Chip and Putt, that all lead into the Masters, as scheduled.

Both were called off a year ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tournament officials plan to allow a "limited number" of spectators to attend the Masters in April. "I think if we get a few out there, it will definitely make a difference".

The number of fans who will be granted access to the first major of 2021 remains unknown.

"It's obviously encouraging", Morikawa said.

The 2021 Masters is back - with limited fans this spring.

"We're always going to follow the right rules. It's going to be really exciting".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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