The Augusta National Women’s Amateur, the Drive, Chip and Putt and the Masters will go on as scheduled according to the club’s current plans in regard to the Coronavirus.
Augusta National Golf Club chairman Fred Ridley issued a statement Wednesday to reassure participants and fans of the club’s three events in April that no schedule changes are currently planned because of the COVID-19 virus.
Ridley said the club has consulted with the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health.
"As a result of this collaboration, and based upon our knowledge of the situation at this time, we are proceeding as scheduled for the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals and the Masters Tournament," Ridley said in the statement. "We will continue to review the available facts and information with the experts and authorities, establish precautions and take appropriate action to ensure the safety of all involved."
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The Augusta Women’s Amateur will be April 1-4, the Drive, Chip and Putt is April 5 and Masters week begins on April 6. Tiger Woods is the defending Masters champion.
Miles Russell of Jacksonville Beach is a participant in the Drive, Chip and Putt finals, and Auston Kim of St. Augustine, a Vanderbilt sophomore, is playing in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.
Ridley asked potential patrons of the events to follow instructions by the CDC to help curb the spread of the virus and asked visitors to Augusta to visit the CDC and U.S. Department of State websites for additional information, travel protocols and restrictions.
The PGA Tour issued a statement earlier this week saying that no changes were planned to its events. The Players Championship is next week at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.