Tiger Woods is one of the biggest names in golf, and while he has been able to receive some seriously impressive accolades over the years, one achievement that has always slipped out of his fingers has been an Olympic gold medal. While it seemed as though his chances of achieving this goal had passed him back, a new decision from the International Golf Federation means that it could still be on the cards.
An Impressive Career
Everyone knows who Tiger Woods is, right? This man has been in the limelight for a huge portion of his career, and much of that time has seen him dominate the competition to become one of the most successful golfers in the US and across the pond. At the moment, he’s ranked as America’s number seven golfer – and while that’s pretty impressive, it wasn’t enough to allow him the chance to compete at what would have been the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
A Second Chance
However, in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics has been postponed until 2021. This opens up a huge opportunity for Tiger Woods, as he now has the chance to step up his game and make his way into the top four in the country. Only those four names can qualify to compete at the Olympics, and there are countless events due to take place between now and the extended qualifying deadline of June 2021 that could see him do that. Although this pandemic has caused devastation across the world, it’s also given Tiger – and other golfers who also thought that they had missed out on an Olympic shot — another chance to succeed.
So, watch this space. If the upcoming golf events do take place, we could see Tiger in Tokyo after all. This would be a dream come true for the talented sportsman.
The Masters 2020 Will Be Unfamiliar This Year With No Patrons Or Fans In Attendance
The Masters is usually one of the most hotly anticipated events in the golfing calendar, but in 2020 it’s going to look very different. In fact, the Masters 2020 will be unfamiliar this year with no patrons of fans in attendance.
A Postponed Event
For starters, the 2020 Masters will be different this year because it’s taking place at a different time of the year. Usually held in the springtime, this year’s pandemic saw the famous event delayed.
While the organizers of the Masters didn’t want to cancel, they had to find the right time to bring the event to the masses. The Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, Fred Riley, recently announced that the Masters will be held at the famous course from November 9 until 15. However, there are going to be changes.
An Empty Course
Typically, you would expect to find thousands of fans around the course, watching the best golfers in the world take on one of the toughest challenges in the sport. However, this year there will be no fans or even patrons of the Augusta National Golf Club allowed to watch the major.
To ensure the safety of guests and patrons, the golf course made the decision to banish anyone from the event who doesn’t need to be there. Of course, the guests who come to the event are part of what makes it so special, but the organizers felt the only safe way to hold the tournament was without them.
Returning Next Year
Augusta’s chairman made the announcement via a course statement. Riley added that next year the Masters will return to its regular April slot, and fans who bought tickets but didn’t get to go this year will be guaranteed tickets.
Unfortunately, the global situation in 2020 has changed many things. One of those things was the 2020 Masters, but while it will seem very different, at least it’s still going ahead.