Masters Tournament Retools Event After Covid Pushed It to Fall


The 2020 Masters Tournament was already going to look different after it was pushed to the fall because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now it will get another twist: “College GameDay.”

ESPN’s college-football special will broadcast live from Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on Saturday, Nov. 14, with a studio staged overlooking Ike’s Pond and the ninth green of the club’s Par 3 course.

“When exploring ways to showcase a fall Masters, we were drawn to the concept of hosting ‘College GameDay’ at Augusta National to introduce the Tournament to a new audience and provide even more anticipation and excitement to the event,” Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said in a statement.

The tournament -- held without spectators this year -- begins Nov. 12 with live coverage for the first two days airing on ESPN. “GameDay,” which previews college-football matchups, will run on that Saturday 9 a.m. to noon before CBS picks up the live weekend coverage. The Par 3 contest, traditionally played on Wednesday, has been canceled.

“While we will dearly miss our patrons at Augusta National this fall, we are excited to showcase what promises to be a truly memorable Masters in a variety of ways for viewers around the world,” Ridley said.

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