Jack Nicklaus Doesn't Think The 2020 Masters Will Happen

The event is hoped to be played later this year, although six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus doesn't think so

Jack Nicklaus Doesn't Think The 2020 Masters Will Happen
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The event is hoped to be played later this year, although six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus doesn't think it will go ahead

Jack Nicklaus Doesn't Think The 2020 Masters Will Happen

The first men's Major of 2020 was postponed last week but six-time Masters winner Jack Nicklaus says that it is probably not going to be played this year.

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"Unfortunately, the ever-increasing risks associated with the widespread Coronavirus COVID-19 have led us to a decision that undoubtedly will be disappointing to many, although I am confident is appropriate under these unique circumstances," Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said in a statement.

"We hope this postponement puts us in the best position to safely host the Masters Tournament and our amateur events at some later date."

18-time Major winner Jack Nicklaus said that it was the right call to make, but isn't hopeful of it going ahead.

“I think they made a wise decision, and I support it," Nicklaus said on ESPN SportsCenter.

“I don’t think anybody wants to go to Augusta and get sick.

"There’s people coming from all over the world and the chances of people bringing something are great.

“In all practicality, they are postponing, but I can’t see any way they would play it at a later date.

“How in the world could they work it into the schedule? It wouldn’t be fair to any other tournament that are later.

"I think we are probably going to miss the Masters this year, that’s just my opinion, but I think it makes logical sense.”It is hoped that the tournament can be played in Autumn but, unsurprisingly, everything is currently up in the air with the global coronavirus situation.

The club is now "closed until further notice."

If it were to go ahead it would have to somehow fit in to a busy time of the golfing calendar featuring the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the BMW PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup, the PGA Tour's lucrative Asian Swing and the Race to Dubai season conclusion.

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Whilst the first men's Major has been postponed, the first women's Major - the ANA Inspiration - has also been postponed.

It now looks likely that the USPGA Championship in mid-May, scheduled to take place at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, will also be postponed.

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That is after advice from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to stop gatherings of over 50 people for the next eight weeks.

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x