Golf’s first major championship of the year 2020, “The Masters” Tournament will be delayed due to the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the Augusta National officials announced on Friday, March 13, 2020.
Tournament was scheduled for April 9-12, and it is the fifth event on the PGA Tour schedule, now supposed to be not played in its current spot on the calendar 2020, following the cancellation of the remainder of the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas, Players Championship, Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida, and Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.
Mr. Fred Ridley, who is the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club said in a statement that the health and wellbeing of everyone is important and also associated with these sports events and citizens. He said that the Augusta community led us to take this decision, and they also hope that this delay puts us in best position to safely host “the Masters” Tournament and their amateur events in some forward date.
The situation seems very uncertain regarding the event and whether the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and Drive, Chip & Putt events will also be part of the rescheduling.
The Masters, which dates to 1934, has the history that has never been played outside of March or April. And it happened for years, it has held firm with ending on the second Sunday of April.
On Thursday, The Players Championship was started with fans not having the usual access to the golfers. But later it had been scheduled to continue on Friday without fans, but late on Thursday, the PGA Tour canceled the remainder of the event, with all participants splitting half of the $15 million prize purse.
Tiger Woods is the defending champion, having won his fifth tournament at Augusta National in last April, at the Masters.