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2020 Masters golf tournament to be held without spectators

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 08: A Masters pin flag blows in the wind during a practice round prior to The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 08, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images via CNN)

 (CNN) — November’s Masters golf tournament will be held without spectators.

Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club Fred Ridley announced on Wednesday that the club would host the famed golf major on the week of Nov. 9 – 15, but that the “potential risks of welcoming patrons and guests to our grounds in November are simply too significant to overcome,” he said in a statement.

Ridley says fans possessing coveted 2020 tickets will be guaranteed tickets for next year’s event.

The tournament is planning a return to its traditional April spot in the golf calendar come 2021.