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Bob HarigESPN Senior Writer
- Senior golf creator for ESPN.com
- Lined golf for bigger than 20 years
- Earned Evans Scholarship to serve Indiana College
The Masters Match has delayed its ticketing direction of for the 2021 championship because it seeks a technique to enable some spectators to come for the first predominant of the year.
Dustin Johnson gained the 2020 Masters, which used to be postponed from April to November as a result of of the coronavirus pandemic, earlier than moral a smattering of Augusta National members, because the match had made the selection to play with out spectators.
With moral 100 days till the first round of the 2021 Masters scheduled for April 8, the club has to design decisions rapidly.
“As planning continues on the noble formula to stage the 2021 Masters Match safely and responsibly, we could well cherish to inform you that Augusta National is delaying the designate direction of for Patron Sequence Badges, which historically begins Jan. 1,” the club said in an email to designate holders.
“Our blueprint is to talk our decisions for the 2021 Masters to all patrons of document by the end of January. No extra movement is wished alongside with your fable at the moment.”
Patron Sequence Badges are factual for the four match rounds fully and invent no longer embody be conscious rounds. The worth of a badge for 2020 used to be to be $375, and when the Masters launched in August that it can play in November with out spectators, it supplied to defer those badges to 2021.
Apply rounds are but any other topic. These tickets are distributed for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday through a lottery conducted the outdated spring. These tickets were additionally deferred to 2021.
Because all of those tickets and badges luxuriate in been pre-sold, Augusta National Golf Membership has a advanced field in figuring out the noble formula to proceed with presumably a smaller series of spectators allowed on net page. In the email, the club thanked its patrons for “endured patience” because it appears to be like to talk a definitive acknowledge.
Crowd sizes are no longer launched, nonetheless it is regularly believed that round 30,000 series badges are sold. Whittling that amount to even half of would require some ingenuity, presumably allowing admittance for a restricted series of days or again deferring attendance a year.
Masters chairman Fred Ridley said in November that he hopes the “match in April will be extra long-established than it is now,” however supplied no assurances that this could perhaps be any utterly different, given basically the most up-to-date uncertainty with the pandemic.
“We’d resolve on to gape function files that will give us a excessive level of confidence that lets elevate sizable numbers of of us onto the grounds for April,” Ridley said on Nov 11. “I judge the vaccine — I invent no longer want to get into scientific prognostications — however moral logically as a lay particular person, the vaccine, whereas this could perhaps be dazzling when it happens, there are all kinds of considerations that level to beyond April [for the vaccine] because the silver bullet.
“Because it pertains to [COVID-19] testing, there are some staunch alternatives there. Our workers has been exploring those very deeply. Now we luxuriate in a series of of us who’re very drawn to serving to us. It is miles one thing we would be having a take into fable very moving at. It’ll be a beautiful circumstance if lets test sizable numbers of of us.”
In November, the Masters required all who could well be on the grounds to design a adversarial COVID-19 test earlier than being admitted. It administered lickety-split-response tests through a native pharmacy. Nonetheless those were administered to a somewhat cramped series of of us, presumably fewer than 2,000.
To luxuriate in critical numbers of spectators who luxuriate in to undergo testing would require a enormous effort, despite the truth that Augusta National has the monetary sources — plus acres upon acres of parking facilities — to design it likely.