April 6, 2020 / 3:30 PM / 2 months ago

Augusta National reschedules Masters for November

FILE PHOTO: Mar 13, 2020; Augusta, GA, USA; The front entrance at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., Friday morning. Mandatory Credit: Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via USA TODAY NETWORK

(Reuters) - Augusta National Golf Club said on Monday that it had identified Nov. 9-15 as a possible date for the rescheduled Masters.

Augusta National had earlier postponed the Masters due to the novel coronavirus outbreak but had not rescheduled the year’s first major.

First round play had been set to begin on Thursday.

“While more details will be shared in the weeks and months to come, we, like all of you, will continue to focus on all mandated precautions and guidelines to fight against the coronavirus,” said Augusta National in statement.

“Along the way, we hope the anticipation of staging the Masters Tournament in the fall brings a moment of joy to the Augusta community and all those who love the sport.

“We want to emphasize that our future plans are incumbent upon favourable counsel and direction from health officials.”

Earlier on Monday the R&A had announced that the 149th Open Championship scheduled for Royal St George’s from July 16-19 had been cancelled due to the pandemic.

Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Editing by Christian Radnedge

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