Rory McIlroy: Masters in fall ‘would be pretty cool’

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Rory McIlroy put a positive spin on the current upheaval in the golf calendar, saying that playing the Masters in the fall “would be pretty cool.”

Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley announced last week that the 2020 tournament scheduled for April 9-12 had been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, citing October as a possible target date.

“It gives us some room for maneuvering, depending on what happens over the next few weeks,” McIlroy told SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio on Thursday. “A Masters in the fall, October time, I think it would be pretty cool. It would be a very different look than what you usually see at Augusta.”

McIlroy, 30, is a four-time major winner, but is still looking for his first victory at the Masters. His best finish was fourth place in 2015.



“I think it’s definitely a possibility if they want to get the 2020 Masters in, I think that could definitely be a possibility. I’m sure they can make it happen if they want it to happen,” McIlroy said.

“I like to think that we can get a handle on this over the next sort of couple of months, and things can return to some sort of normality. But I don’t think anyone knows, really.”

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