The Masters: What’s different for 2020 major at Augusta National? | Golf News
The only previous occasion the tournament hasn’t taken place since its inception was in 2017, when storms forced the course to be closed and the event to be cancelled.No player has ever won the Par 3 contest and the Masters in the same calendar year, with Matt Wallace remaining defending champion after his play-off victory over Sandy Lyle in 2019. The countdown continues for the final men’s major of the year, with full coverage of The Masters live from November 12-15 on Sky Sports’ dedicated channel The Masters has a new place in the schedule for 2020, with this year’s contest at Augusta National set to be like no other.The tournament traditionally marks the start of the men’s major schedule but had to be postponed in its usual April spot due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the event pushed back to be played in November for the first time.This year’s event is the third and final major of a condensed 2020 schedule and the first of two editions of the Masters over the next five months, with the tournament having a different look and feel to what you may have been used to in previous editions. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Here’s a look at six ways the 2020 Masters will be different…No patronsA decision was made back in August that no patrons or guests will be able to attend this year’s contest due to coronavirus, the first time in history the event has been played behind closed doors. The play is to return to a one-tee start for the final two rounds, although that is subject to change if there are any delays during the early part of the week.No 10-shot rulePlayers who were previously within 10 strokes of the lead after 36 holes would qualify for the weekend, regardless of their leaderboard position, but that ruling has been scrapped for 2020. – Advertisement – Get Sky Sports The Masters for £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here.