This marks the second consecutive year the prelude to the Masters will not be played, and the third time in the past five years.

Storms forced officials to call off the event in 2017.

The beloved exhibition, which began in 1960, has become one of the most endearing traditions at the Masters and is very much a family affair as golfers often have wives, girlfriends, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews serve as caddies.

The club said it hoped the Par-3 Contest would resume in 2022 and reiterated its rules for attending this year's Masters.

Those part of the limited crowd in attendance must wear a face covering at all times and maintain a physical distancing of at least six feet.

The reigning champion of the Par-3 Contest is Matt Wallace, who in a playoff in 2019 topped 1988 Masters champion Sandy Lyle.

The Masters is scheduled for April 8-11.