“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,” said Ridley. “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.
“Even in the current circumstances, staging the Masters without patrons is deeply disappointing. The guests who come to Augusta each spring from around the world are a key component to making the Tournament so special. Augusta National has the responsibility, however, to understand and accept the challenges associated with this virus and take the necessary precautions to conduct all aspects of the Tournament in a safe manner. We look forward to the day when we can welcome all of our patrons back, hopefully in April 2021.
“We appreciate the support and patience of all those we serve – including the Augusta community, our corporate and broadcast partners and our friends in golf – as we continue to plan for this historic event.”
The eruption of the crowd after a great putt or approach shot will be missed, while “get in the hole!” after a drive off the tee will not. One big positive of no fans? We’ll get to hear a whole lot more swearing from the golfers.
No fans at events has allowed TV viewers to hear more sounds that are usually covered up by fans. Golf is a supremely difficult sport and swearing out of frustration is a regular part of the game. We’re getting hear more from the pros because of that and I have to say, it might be the best part of pandemic golf.
DraftKings Sportsbook offered up a fun thread of such moments.