Masters tickets: What you need to know now that fans won’t be allowed in 2020

A Masters patron displays their many past Masters badges while watching the event.

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On Wednesday, Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley announced that patrons would not be permitted at the rescheduled 2020 Masters in November. The news was hardly surprising given that all PGA Tour events for the rest of the year will be played without fans.

Augusta National announces 2020 Masters to be held without fans
By: Sean Zak

But the announcement may have come as a shock if you were one of the lucky few golf fans with tickets to the Masters this fall, or if you were hoping to get passes to the event in 2021.

If you fall into those two groups, here’s everything you need to know about what happens now.

Will 2020 Masters ticket holders get badges to the 2021 Masters?

The good news is that if you successfully acquired tickets to this year’s Masters in November, you’re not out of luck. Augusta National is offering all 2020 ticket holders the exact same tickets for the 2021 Masters next April. Your initial payment will be applied to the new badges.

What if I already got a refund for 2020 Masters tickets?

When the 2020 Masters was rescheduled for November, Augusta National offered ticket holders the opportunity to get a refund in case they couldn’t make the new dates.

Those former ticket holders will also have the opportunity to get the same tickets for the 2021 Masters, but they will need to pay for them again.

Will Masters ticket holders get a refund if they can’t go in 2021?

According to Augusta National, all 2020 ticket holders who can’t go to the 2021 Masters are permitted to request a refund for their tickets. The club will send email communications about the refund process in September.

What does this mean for the 2021 Masters lottery?

The lottery for 2021 Masters tickets ran from June 1 through June 23 this year. There is no official word yet on how the recent announcement will affect the 2021 lottery. But if a large number of 2020 ticket holders choose to attend the 2021 event, there will likely be far fewer tickets available for lottery entrants than usual.

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