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Augusta mayor predicts no spectators for Masters

Augusta National Golf Club has made no decision about spectators at the Masters, which has been rescheduled for Nov. 12-15, but Mayor Hardie Davis expects an environment similar to this week’s PGA Championship, the Augusta Chronicle reported

Predicted: By the mayor of Augusta, Ga., that the Masters Tournament will be played without spectators, according to a report Thursday in the Augusta Chronicle. The Masters, typically played in the second week of April, was rescheduled for Nov. 12-15 at Augusta National Golf Club as part of the PGA Tour's midseason reshuffle in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. “The PGA Championship begins at Harding Park without fans, and that’s likely what will probably happen in Augusta,” Hardie Davis told the Chronicle, noting this week's event in San Francisco. Davis called Augusta National officials “very thoughtful,” adding: “They’re going to take those necessary precautions to ensure the health, welfare and safety of not just the competitors but also this city. My preference is to see some golf.” The club has made no decision about spectators and declined to comment about the report. The Masters is a “regional economic juggernaut,” according to the Chronicle, which noted that the annual event creates thousands of jobs and generates income for many homeowners who rent their dwellings to visiting golf fans. A ban on spectators would alter the city’s fortunes. Tiger Woods will be the defending champion at the Masters.

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