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Masters Tournament Retools Event After Covid Pushed It to Fall

Bloomberg logo Bloomberg 10/27/2020 Luke McGrath
a large green field with trees in the background with Augusta National Golf Club in the background: The clubhouse at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2006 in Augusta, Georgia. © Source: Getty Images The clubhouse at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2006 in Augusta, Georgia.

(Bloomberg) -- 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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