The Masters Tournament is aiming for a potential Nov. 9-15 event date to hold the lauded major after dutifully postponing it on March 13 amid the wildfire postponements and cancellations of several sports around the world.
This has to be great news for golf fans, though all of these timelines remain relatively fluid, considering the unexpected nature of this global coronavirus pandemic:
“In collaboration with the leading organizations in golf, Augusta National Golf Club has identified November 9-15 as the intended dates to host the 2020 Masters,” Fred Ridley, Chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club, said in an official statement. “While more details will be shared in the weeks and months to come, we, like all of you, will continue to focus on all mandated precautions and guidelines to fight against the Coronavirus. Along the way, we hope the anticipation of staging the Masters Tournament in the fall brings a moment of joy to the Augusta community and all those who love the sport.
We want to emphasize that our future plans are incumbent upon favorable counsel and direction from health officials. Provided that occurs and we can conduct the 2020 Masters, we intend to invite those professionals and amateurs who would have qualified for our original April date and welcome all existing ticket holders to enjoy the excitement of Masters week.
The 2020 Augusta National Women’s Amateur, however, has been canceled after some careful consideration.
Each player who accepted an invitation for the 2020 championship will be invited again to compete in the 2021 Augusta National Women’s Amateur, provided the golfer has not turned professional. Those who purchased tickets will be given a refund in May and given the opportunity to buy tickets for the 2021 iteration of the event.
The PGA Tour announced a full set of revised dates for this season. While The Open Championship has been canceled for 2020, the U.S. Open has been rescheduled for mid-September, and the PGA Championship is slated for the beginning of August. The Ryder Cup is still set to take place in late September.