Masters is latest major to keep away spectators due to health concerns
No spectators will be allowed at Augusta National for this year’s Masters because of ongoing fears over Covid-19.
The championship was due to take place from April 9-12, but has been postponed until Nov 12-15.
Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, said: “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.
“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.”
The USPGA Championship was held successfully without spectators last week and the US Open is due to take place in September. The Open Championship is the only one of the four majors to have been postponed until next year.
Meanwhile, former Ryder Cup player Gordon J Brand has died at the age of 65 following a short illness.
Brand was a member of the 1983 Ryder Cup team who lost to the US by just a point at PGA National Golf Club in Florida and another career highlight was finishing runner-up to Greg Norman at the 1986 Open at Turnberry.
The Englishman’s only European Tour victory came at the Belgian Open in 1989, winning by six strokes from Mark Davis.
Keith Waters, the European Tour’s chief operating officer, said: “Gordon had such a laid-back approach. I don’t think I ever saw him up uptight. He really was so friendly to everyone and he will be sorely missed by all of us who met him and knew him.”
Mourned: Former Ryder Cup player and Open runner-up Gordon J Brand has died aged 65 following a short illness