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Masters intends to allow ‘limited number’ of spectators

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The Masters Tournament at Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club

In a nod to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Augusta National intends to permit an undisclosed number of patrons in April

The 2021 Masters will be played in front of spectators, but don’t expect the massive galleries that typically line the rolling fairways at Augusta National Golf Club each April.

With the COVID-19 pandemic stretching into the new year, club chairman Fred Ridley announced Tuesday that officials intend to limit attendance at the 85th Masters on April 8-11. The club will adhere to health and safety standards that were in place for the 2020 tournament, which was played in November without spectators, Ridley said.

The club did not commit to a number and traditionally does not release attendance figures.

“Following the successful conduct of the Masters Tournament last November with only essential personnel, we are confident in our ability to responsibly invite a limited number of patrons to Augusta National in April,” Ridley said in a statement. “As with the November Masters, we will implement practices and policies that will protect the health and safety of everyone in attendance. Nothing is, or will be, more important than the well-being of all involved. While we are disappointed that we will be unable to accommodate a full complement of patrons this year, we will continue our efforts to ensure that all who purchased tickets from Augusta National will have access in 2022, provided conditions improve.”

Last month, Augusta National announced a suspension in its ticketing process.

The club also said that it intends to conduct the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals, which are held in the days preceding the Masters, as scheduled. A small number of spectators will be permitted.

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