Art Spander’s 1967 Masters media badge
There are many traditions that make the Masters Tournament special, but familiarity is the common thread that ties them together. Whether it is past champions reuniting for dinner or the same familiar faces meeting under the tree or in Amen Corner year after year, there is a comfort in the rhythms and memories revived annually on the same stage at Augusta National.
COVID-19 has changed all that in 2020. Not only is the Masters coming in November with fall foliage instead of April with spring blossoms, it will come without patrons and the roars among the pines that accompany them. And what other familiar customs might be missing? Will there be a Champions Dinner? A Par 3 Contest? Honorary starters? Answers to those questions have not been definitive.
We do know, however, that it will come without some of the people who have helped make the Masters what it is today – media members who make up a fraternity of 40-plus-year regulars known as the Masters Major Achievers. Whether by personal ch…
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