Although 2020 is winding down at last, there
are still historic changes to the calendar that are turning long-held
traditions on their ear. With iconic sporting events like the Kentucky Derby
rescheduled from May to September, it’s no wonder that golf gems like this
year’s Masters would also be shuffled. For the first time ever, the Masters
will be held in November, as opposed to April (and two times in March).
What will this look like? What should fans
We’ll share what we know so far…
First Things First…
No fans. The Masters will still be hosted at
Augusta National; however, fans will be staying home this year, thanks (yet
again!) to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Unfortunately, fans aren’t the only notable
absence this year. Golfing greats will be teeing off without the beautiful
backdrop of Georgia’s springtime flora and fauna. However, unlike the summer
season, during which Augusta National is closed and the green turned brown
thanks to the heat, November sees a return of green grass and fall foliage.
Weather conditions, as far as average
temperatures are concerned, are similar between spring and fall, ranging from the upper-40s to the upper-70s.
According to former Masters champion Ben Crenshaw,
"Whether it's October or November, the turf ought to be wonderful. If
anything, the Bermuda grass would still be pretty healthy coming out of the
summer. The rye grass may be a little thinner. It could provide a surface that
would be firmer, which would be great. And the greens will be fine."
As we continue to embrace coronavirus-related
change and adapt our lifestyles to these shifts, it’s important to manage the
stress that can result from such uncertain times. Maintaining a routine fitness
regimen, even if that simply means taking an afternoon stroll each day, goes a
long way to supporting physical health and psychological well being. A healthy
and nutritious diet boosts the benefits of exercise even further.