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It’s official – next month’s Masters Tournament has been postponed.

A statement from Augusta National issued this afternoon confirmed that the opening men’s major of the season has been called off due to the spread of the coronavirus.

“Unfortunately, the ever-increasing risks associated with the widespread Coronavirus COVID-19 have led us to a decision that undoubtedly will be disappointing to many, although I am confident is appropriate under these unique circumstances,” said Fred Ridley, the Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club.

the latest information and expert analysis, we have decided at this
time to postpone the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s
Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals.

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the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and
the citizens of the Augusta community led us to this decision. We hope
this postponement puts us in the best position to safely host the
Masters Tournament and our amateur events at some later date.”


Ridley added that the club will ontinue to work with the World Health Organisation, Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, the Office of the Governor, the Georgia
Department of Public Health, the City of Augusta and all other local

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recognise this decision will affect many people, including our loyal
patrons,” added Ridley. “Your patience as we make every effort to communicate
effectively and efficiently is appreciated, and we will share any
additional information as soon as it becomes available.

COVID-19 continues to impact the lives of people everywhere, we seek
your understanding of this decision and know you share our concern given
these trying times. Thank you for your faithful support.”

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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