Friday, March 13, 2020
Many locals rent out their homes every year during the Masters tournament to accommodate for the mass travelers that flood Augusta. However, some are struggling more than others. (Source: WRDW)
AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) – The Augusta National Golf Club has announced the postponement of all events related to the Masters due to the coronavirus.
"Considering the latest information and expert analysis, we have decide at this time to postpone the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women's Amateur, and the Drive, Chip, and Putt National Finals," Chairman Fred Ridley said in a statement Friday morning.
"Ultimately, 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."
As recently as March 4, the ANGC said they would continue on with all events related to the golf club, including the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, the Drive, Chip, and Putt, and the Masters itself.
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ANGC has continued to monitor the situation with the help of local, state, and federal officials.
The golf world is slowing begin to respond to the postponement.
This is a big deal. Much bigger than golf. We’re all facing this together and I fully support the @pgatour & @themasters decisions to cancel/postpone to protect the fans, volunteers, players, caddies and the many people it takes to run these events. Health is #1 #StaySafe— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) March 13, 2020
Just got home and spotted our first Magnolia flower of the season which normally signals a special time in the golfing calendar.— Trevor Immelman (@TrevorImmelman) March 13, 2020
It’s been a surreal week that started with so much energy and excitement and ended with so much uncertainty and concern.
Thinking of everyone, be safe. pic.twitter.com/uPs3UbVYRY
Gov. Brian Kemp praised the ANGC's decision.
I know this was not an easy decision to make, and I appreciate @TheMasters working with our office and public health officials to address the challenges posed by #COVID19. We stand ready to assist in any way to make the 2020 Masters Tournament a success. #gapol https://t.co/QZ3Culp8IF— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) March 13, 2020
CBS Sports also tweeted a statement, supporting ANGC's decision.
“We are fully supportive of Augusta National’s decision to postpone this year’s Masters Tournament. We’ll continue to work closely with our partners at Augusta National as we prioritize the health and well-being of everyone involved," the statement said.
The Masters was last outright cancelled by the ANGC in 1943, 1944, and 1945 due to World War II.
The news comes after the PGA Tour moved to cancel The Players Championship on Thursday and any other tournament over the next several weeks.
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