Augusta National Golf Club plans to donate $2 million to aid in coronavirus testing and recovery in Georgia.
The private club and host of the Masters Tournament is closed during the coronavirus pandemic after the Masters was postponed.
On Monday, the club said $1 million is earmarked for Augusta University with the intention of expanding coronavirus testing and another $1 million was dedicated to the COVID-19 CSRA Emergency Fund, launched to “directly support relief efforts for the most vulnerable populations affected by the coronavirus pandemic in the community.”
“It is our hope these gifts will help address the many challenges brought about by the coronavirus throughout the city of Augusta and the greater region,” Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said in a release. “We believe Augusta National has an important responsibility to support and protect the community who has so generously and consistently supported us for many years.”
The Masters was originally scheduled to be played April 9-12, the first major on the 2020 calendar.
It was postponed, along with the PGA Championship, earlier this month and is expected to be contested in September. Tiger Woods is the defending champion of the event, which had a purse of $11.5 million last year.