AUGUSTA, Georgia: The 2021 Augusta Masters is back - with limited fans this spring.
The Augusta National Golf Club did not announce how many patrons it would allow in, but did say it was in the process of communicating with all ticket holders of record, and refunds will be issued to those patrons not selected to attend.
“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,” said Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National.
In his announcement Tuesday, Ridley said this year's Masters, scheduled for April 5-11, will have similar health and safety standards to those previously instituted in November 2020.
The Augusta National Women's Amateur and the the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals are both scheduled to return with limited patrons, the club announced.
"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," Ridley said. "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.”
Dustin Johnson won the 2020 Masters held in November with no patrons in attendance.