The Masters sets new fall dates for its annual tournament.
The Masters sets new fall dates for its annual tournament.

The prestigious Masters golf tournament has been rescheduled for early November, the Augusta National Golf Club announced Monday. This year’s tournament, already once rescheduled for this week, was first postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Masters have taken place in Augusta every year since 1934, but as other sports events are postponed or canceled around the world, officials have put a hold on the popular golf tournament. In the 84 years of its existence,  the tournament has only been canceled during World War II. 

"We remain very mindful of the extraordinary and unprecedented challenges presented by the coronavirus around the world. As such, we continue to keep in close contact with local, state and national health authorities to help inform our decisions," Augusta National Chairman Fred S. Riley said in a statement Monday.

All ticket holders will be able to attend the tournament in November, he added.

“In recent weeks, the global golf community has come together to collectively put forward a calendar of events that will, we hope, serve to entertain and inspire golf fans around the world.  We are grateful to our respective partners, sponsors and players, who have allowed us to make decisions – some of them, very tough decisions – in order to move the game and the industry forward,” the world’s leading golf organizations announced in a joint statement

Unlike the headlined Masters tournament, the 2020 Augusta National Women’s Amateur has been canceled. Each player who accepted an invitation for the 2020 tournament will be invited back to compete in 2021, Ridley said. 

With a new date set, the Augusta National Golf Club hopes the tournament is now  something to look forward to in the fall.

“We, like all of you, will continue to focus on all mandated precautions and guidelines to fight against the Coronavirus,” Ridley said.