Augusta National for the 85th edition of the Masters Tournament in April (8-11) in Georgia (USA) is looking for everything possible to try to guarantee a limited (and not yet established) presence of the public in the stands, in safety.
The Masters, the situation
Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, said that "following the successful conduct of the Masters Tournament last November with only essential personnel, we are confident in our ability to responsibly invite a limited number of patrons to Augusta National in April.
As with the November Masters, we will implement practices and policies that will protect the health and safety of everyone in attendance. While we are disappointed that we will be unable to accommodate a full complement of patrons this year, we will continue our efforts to ensure that all who purchased tickets from Augusta National will have access in 2022, provided conditions improve"
Meanwhile, it was an end of 2020 to forget for Xander Schauffele, due to Covid-19 positivity. He was tested positive a week before Christmas, then a 10-day quarantine. Now he returned to play. The American golfer was one of the protagonists of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, a PGA Tour tournament won by the Californian player in 2019 (in 2020 a second place after a play-off to three).
"I am happy to be here in Kapalua but it was a really hard and frightening period. I had a fever, so I decided to go to the clinic for checks. I tested positive to the tampon. I was with my girlfriend and our two dogs. I spent 4 days lying on the sofa with pains all over the place.
My brother left us water outside the front door and walked the dogs. It was not easy and win this battle was a beautiful victory. Being here today means a lot" "Last year was a good mental year to build off of. It was one of my more consistent years on TOUR, even though I didn't win a tournament.
To build off consistency is difficult, but if we can sort of giving ourselves more looks like we did last year then keep knocking on the door until you knock it down. That’s the sort of the mentality we're in"
After over 7 years, Harris English returns to success on the PGA Tour. The American golfer in Hawaii takes the Sentry Tournament of Champions, the first tournament of 2021, and celebrates - with 267 (-25) strokes - his third career title on the top US men's circuit.
With a birdie at the first play-off hole, the 31-year-old from Valdosta (who had not managed to win since 2013, the year of his double sharp first at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and then at the OHL in Mayakoba) overtook the competition from Chilean Joaquin Niemann, second after a great comeback in the final lap characterized by a partial of 64 (-9), the best of the day.
In Kapalua third place (268, -24) for Justin Thomas, defending champion. Fourth place (269, -23) for Ryan Palmer (who had finished in the lead, with English, the third lap). Top 5 (271, -21) for Xander Schauffele (second in 2020 and winner in 2019), returning after the positivity at Covid, and Sungjae Im.