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Augusta National to close, magazine reports

After postponing Masters, club plans to shut down operations by end of week, citing coronavirus pandemic in a letter to members obtained by Golf Digest

Closing: Augusta National Golf Club, just three days after the club postponed the annual Masters Tournament, Golf Digest reported, according to a letter to members that the magazine obtained. Club president Fred Ridley cited the “national emergency” tied to the coronavirus pandemic for closing operations at the club in Augusta, Ga., by the end of the week. “Our focus moving forward must be the health and safety of our exceptional staff, which is the heartbeat of Augusta National,” Ridley said in the letter. The letter comes one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised against gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks, citing the risk of the viral infection, which has no known cure. Augusta National typically closes a few weeks after the Masters and reopens for member play in the fall. The PGA Tour has canceled play until the RBC Heritage on April 16-29, the week after the Masters had been scheduled.

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