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Masters to be held without patrons at Augusta in November

Remember the 2005 Masters, when Tiger Woods hit arguably his greatest shot ever at the 16th hole? The ball was essentially suspended around the hole before eventually falling, possibly due to the vibrations from the electric crowd at Augusta.

That won’t be happening when the Masters occur this November.

Why? Because there will not be any fans in attendance.

On Wednesday, the Augusta National Golf Club announced that there will not be any patrons permitted at the Masters in a few months due to the coronavirus pandemic:

“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,” said Masters chairman Fred Ridley, via Ryan Lavner of Golf Channel. “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. Throughout this process, we have consulted with health officials and a variety of subject matter experts. Ultimately, we determined that the potential risks of welcoming patrons and guests to our grounds in November are simply too significant to overcome.”

Golf has proceeded without spectators since the PGA Tour restarted in June, so this is nothing new.

Lavner notes that there are typically around 50,000 fans present each day throughout the week of the Masters, so not having the roaring crowd will certainly make a difference.

The Masters is typically held in April every year, but it was postponed this time around as a result of the pandemic.