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The Masters: ‘Limited attendance’ planned for Augusta National in April

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A “limited number” of patrons will be allowed to attend the 85th Masters in April. The delayed Masters last year was played behind closed doors in November, when Dustin Johnson stormed to a four-shot victory.

Dustin Johnson won his first Masters tournament in November

Dustin Johnson won his first Masters tournament in November

Augusta National officials plan to allow a “limited number” of patrons to attend the Masters in April.

No patrons were on site when the 84th Masters was staged in November, having been moved from its traditional date due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said: “The tournament will be conducted with similar health and safety standards to those previously instituted in November 2020.

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It is hoped some patrons will be allowed to attend the Masters in April It is hoped some patrons will be allo wed to attend the Masters in April

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“With these protocols in place, efforts are being made to include a limited number of patrons, provided it can be done safely.

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“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.

Johnson will be defending his Masters crown in April Johnson will be defending his Masters crown in April

“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.

“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.”

The Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals are set to take place in the build-up to the Masters as scheduled, also with a limited number of patrons permitted.

Dustin Johnson will defend his Masters title from April 8-11.

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