Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, announced Tuesday that the club intends to limit attendance at the 85th Masters Tournament, scheduled for April 5-11, 2021.
The tournament will be conducted with similar health and safety standards to those previously instituted in Nov. 2020. With these protocols in place, efforts are being made to include a limited number of patrons, provided it can be done safely.
“Following the successful conduct of the Masters Tournament last November with only essential personnel, we are confident in our ability to responsibly invite a limited number of patrons to Augusta National in April,” Ridley said. “As with the November Masters, we will implement practices and policies that will protect the health and safety of everyone in attendance. Nothing is, or will be, more important than the well-being of all involved. While we are disappointed that we will be unable to accommodate a full complement of patrons this year, we will continue our efforts to ensure that all who purchased tickets from Augusta National will have access in 2022, provided conditions improve.”
In addition, Ridley announced that the club intends to conduct the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals as scheduled. Both of these competitions also intend to host a small number of patrons.
Augusta National is in the process of communicating with all ticket holders of record, and refunds will be issued to those patrons not selected to attend.