THE MASTERS, which brings together the world’s best golfers in one of the sport’s four majors, will be held without patrons in November because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, Augusta National Golf Club said on Wednesday.

Organizers had been examining how best to host the global sporting event ever since the pandemic forced the postponement of the tournament, traditionally held during the first full week of April at Augusta National.

“Throughout this process, we have consulted with health officials and a variety of subject matter experts,” Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said in a statement.

“Ultimately, we determined that the potential risks of welcoming patrons and guests to our grounds in November are simply too significant to overcome.”

Ridley said Augusta National, which will host the Masters from Nov. 12-15, will “hopefully” be able to welcome patrons back in April 2021. — Reuters