The Augusta Masters will be played before a small audience

Augusta National director Fred Riley said they will invite "a limited number of spectators" to the event. The Women's Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt will bounce back.


The Augusta Masters (April 8-11) will be played to a very small number of spectators in 2021. Augusta National Director Fred Riley announced it on Tuesday. The decision represents an advance compared to the 2020 edition, moved to November by the pandemic and which was played behind closed doors. But the number of 'patrons' (patrons, as the organization wants the public to be named during the week of the tournament), will be extremely limited.

The experience of the previous meeting was a very important learning for next April, said Riley, and instilled "confidence" in the face of this decision. In any case, he said, they are working on "practices and policies to protect the health and safety of all who come to Georgia." "Nothing will be more important than your well-being" .

The helmsman of the most exclusive golf club in the world was "disappointed" with the impossibility of accepting more fans. It did guarantee everyone who bought a ticket that "if conditions improve in 2022", they will have the access they paid for. The exact number of people who will be able to witness the best players in the world live was not disclosed.

Another novelty will be that two events that are part of the tournament week will be recovered and that were eliminated in 2020 due to the health situation, the Women's Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt.

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