Augusta National announces postponement of Masters
3/14/2020 1:37:45 AM

Augusta National announced the postponement of the Masters Tournament, golf's first major championship of the year, Friday over the outbreak of COVID-19.

"Ultimately, the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community led us to this decision," Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, said in a statement. "We hope this postponement puts us in the best position to safely host the Masters Tournament and our amateur events at some later date."

The postponement of The Masters means it's the fifth golf event of the season to not be played in full, following the cancellation of the remainder of the Players Championship, Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida, WGC-Dell Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas, and Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.

The Players Championship started Thursday as normal but was canceled by the end of the day, with half the winnings of the $15 million purse being split by all the competitors.

Tiger Woods is the defending Masters champion, capturing his fifth title of the event last year at Augusta.

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