McIlroy warms to the idea of a Masters in October

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The Masters in October?

Only twice in 83 hostings has the Masters not been held entirely in the month of April and that was the inaugural Masters from March 22nd to 25th in 1934 and the 1939 Masters commencing on March 30th and ending April 3rd.

But now after fears over the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Masters has been postponed with heavy speculation that the tournament will be held from October 9-12, should the COVID-19 storm have blown over by then.

If observations regarding a massive price rise in hotel rooms during this second week of October are correct, then scheduling of the Masters could very well be in Week 41 of 2020

The Masters cannot be held any earlier as Augusta National is completely closed, even to members from May to the end of September due to the intense summertime heat.

Also, the later in the year the Masters may return to the 2020 season schedule, the shorter the daylight hours.

It was a question put to World No. 1 Rory McIlroy in speaking with Brad Faxon on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio.

“It gives us some room for manoeuvring, depending on what happens over the next few weeks,” McIlroy said.

“A Masters in the fall, October time, I think it would be pretty cool. It would be a very different look to what you usually see at Augusta. I think it’s definitely a possibility if they want to get the 2020 Masters in, I think that could definitely be a possibility. I’m sure they can make it happen if they want it to happen.”

McIlroy pointed out to Faxon how other major international events later in the summer, including the staging of the 149th Open Championship from 16th to 19th July and the following fortnight’s Summer Olympics in Japan, along with the 2020 Ryder Cup in the last week of September, could very well be postponed too.

Though the World No.a1 remains optimistic full competition will resume in a ‘couple of months’.

“I like to think that we can get a handle on this over the next sort of couple of months, and things can return to some sort of normality,” McIlroy said.

“But I don’t think anyone knows, really.”


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