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Augusta National vows business as usual in wake of virus

Club president releases memo stating that safety is ‘top priority’ amid coronavirus outbreak as Masters draws near

Released: By Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National (Ga.) Golf Club, a memo to the media regarding the coronavirus outbreak and the potential effects on next month’s Masters Tournament at the club. The 221-word, four-paragraph memo was released on the day when Morning Read’s Alex Miceli wrote commentary about how the Masters could face an even greater threat from the virus than some other tournaments, reasoning that a ticket is so difficult to secure that a fan might be reluctant to give it up regardless of health. “The safety, health and well-being of everyone is our top priority at Augusta National Golf Club,” Ridley said. The club “is not only monitoring the situation closely, but also consulting with relevant experts, including the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia Department of Public Health and local authorities.” Ridley added that no changes have been made to two preliminary events, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals, nor for the Masters. He urged visitors to follow the CDC’s advice regarding prevention. Coronavirus, known as covid-19, has killed nearly 3,300 and infected 95,000-plus, most of them in Asia, since the outbreak late last year in Wuhan, China. Eleven deaths have been reported in the U.S. The virus, a respiratory ailment with symptoms similar to those of the flu, has no vaccine and no known cure.

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