AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Augusta National Club chairman Fred Ridley says the Masters intends to have a limited number of spectators when it is played April 8-11.

He says the club still plans to operate the tournament the way it did in November with health and safety standards set because of the coronavirus pandemic. Those standards included mandatory COVID-19 testing for everyone on-site, along with CDC guidelines such as social distancing and wearing masks.

“Nothing is, or will be, more important than the well-being of all involved,” Ridley said. “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.”

The Masters was played Nov. 12-15 — the first time in the autumn since it began in 1934 — because of the pandemic that forced golf to reconfigure its major championship season and led to the cancellation of the British Open.

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