Report: Augusta National closing by end of week because of coronavirus

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Augusta National Golf Club is reportedly closing by the end of the week.

In a letter obtained by Golf Digest, chairman Fred Ridley announced the closure to the club’s membership on Monday, just three days after the Masters Tournament and its preceding events were postponed until further notice because of the coronavirus concerns.

“We are now in the midst of a national emergency,” Ridley said. “The Coronavirus is increasingly impacting lives everywhere, and we have rigorously evaluated how this will affect the Club and its operations. Our focus moving forward must be the health and safety of our exceptional staff, which is the heartbeat of Augusta National.

“Beginning today, we are taking the necessary steps to curtail our operations so, by the end of this week, the Club will be closed until further notice. We intend to maintain our properties with limited personnel on site, and we will support our many other functions by working remotely where possible. But this is about much more than business continuity. This is about our employees, and the foundation of this decision is built-in upon keeping everyone safe while preserving the financial stability of those we care about most.

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“We will continuously review this situation and send timely information in order to give clarity and comfort during these unsettling times. While we do not know what the weeks ahead will bring for our world, I know our Club will emerge successfully and stronger than ever because of the support of our members and staff. Please continue to take every precaution to stay healthy, and thank you for your patience and trust as we plan for the realities of this pandemic.”

There is still no timetable for when the Masters will be rescheduled or Augusta National, which typically closes from late May to early October, to reopen.