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Bob HarigESPN Senior Writer
- Senior golfing writer for ESPN.com
- Lined golfing for more than 20 a long time
- Gained Evans Scholarship to show up at Indiana College
The Masters Match, golf’s initially key championship of the 12 months, will be postponed for the reason that of the coronavirus outbreak, Augusta National officers introduced Friday early morning.
The Masters, which was scheduled for April 9-12, is the fifth party on the PGA Tour program that will not be performed in its recent place on the calendar, following the cancellation of the remainder of the Gamers Championship, Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida, WGC-Dell Match Participate in Championship in Austin, Texas, and Valero Texas Open up in San Antonio.
“Finally, the wellness and perfectly-remaining of absolutely everyone linked with these gatherings and the citizens of the Augusta community led us to this choice,” Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta Nationwide Golfing Club, reported in a assertion. “We hope this postponement puts us in the best situation to securely host the Masters Tournament and our newbie occasions at some later on day.”
— The Masters (@TheMasters) March 13, 2020
Unclear is when the celebration will be performed and no matter if the Augusta National Women’s Novice and Travel, Chip & Putt situations will also be section of the rescheduling.
The Masters, which dates to 1934, has hardly ever been performed outdoors of March or April. For years, it has held business with ending on the second Sunday of April.
The Gamers Championship was started on Thursday with supporters not possessing the normal accessibility to golfers. It had been scheduled to continue Friday without the need of lovers, but late Thursday the PGA Tour canceled the remainder of the celebration with all competitors splitting fifty percent of the $15 million prize purse.
Tiger Woods is the defending champion at the Masters, obtaining received his fifth match at Augusta Nationwide previous April.