“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.”
All 2020 ticket holders will be guaranteed the same tickets for the 2021 Masters. Augusta National will communicate directly with all ticket holders and 2021 ticket applicants in September.
“It’s going to be different,” 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. “It won’t be the most ideal situation. There’s something to be said about specifically the back side on Sunday with fans and the roar and the drama that ensues. But it is still Augusta National, it’s still the Masters. We’re going to show up. And there’s still a distinct element that TV can provide. I’ve always loved watching the Masters as a kid, or even now, it’s still special golf. It’s not going to be the same but as of now, what is really the same?”
The Masters was the final of golf’s major tournaments to announce it will be held without fans. The PGA Championship last week was the first and there will also be no fans at the U.S. Open in September. The British Open has previously been canceled. The PGA Tour resumed play without spectators in June and will through the playoffs, which culminate with the Tour Championship in Atlanta in September.
“I think it will be hugely different,” Brandt Snedeker told reporters in North Carolina at the Wyndham Championship. “Part of the allure and kind of majesty of Augusta National is the patrons. You have that electricity from the first moment on Thursday morning to the last putt goes in on Sunday night on every hole. It’s not just on the back nine, it’s on every hole.”