Masters Tournament |  Four Canadians at the start

Masters Tournament | Four Canadians at the start

No less than four Canadian players have been invited to the Masters Tournament this year.

Mike Weir (21e presence), Adam Hadwin (third appearance), Corey Conners (third appearance) and Nick Taylor (first appearance) will take the start this Thursday in the first round. While the bottom three have earned their places because of their performances on the PGA Tour, Weir owes his to his victory in 2003, which gives him a lifetime invitation. However, the 50-year-old veteran is enjoying his best moments in several years this season with a second place and three tops 10 on the Champions circuit.

An honor for Elder

Club Augusta National has never been a trailblazer when it comes to equality, quite the contrary, but management could hardly ignore the social movements that have rocked the United States and the world this year. Club president Fred Ridley announced that Lee Elder, the first African-American player to play in the tournament in 1975, would be among the honorary trio that will kick off the 2021 tournament, along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. It was also announced the creation of a scholarship program for golf teams at Paine College, a university in Augusta that welcomes a majority of African-American students. Recall that it took 15 years after Elder’s first participation to see a first African-American member, Ron Townsend, in Augusta.

Strict rules

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PHOTO BRIAN SNYDER, REUTERS

An official wears the mask at the Augusta National club.

The Masters Tournament follows the same testing and testing protocol that has been in effect on the PGA Tour since operations resumed this summer. Two players had to forfeit after contracting COVID-19: Sergio García and Joaquim Niemann. Six other players – Cameron Champ, Dylan Frittelli, Scottie Scheffler, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott – have already tested positive, but they no longer show any symptoms and can take part in the tournament.

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