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COVID-19: Augusta National postpones Masters golf due to coronavirus: organisers



The Masters has been postponed with the world of sport rocked by the ongoing spread of coronavirus, its organisers have confirmed. In a statement released online, Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, emphasised that the decision makers hope to hold the prestigious tournament 'at some later date'.

The first men's major championship of the year was due to begin on April 9 in Georgia, but has been suspended due to the escalating pandemic.

A statement from the tournament organisers read: “Respecting the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community, the 2020 Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals have been postponed.”

While Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, confirmed the intention to rearrange a date to play the tournament.

“Ultimately, the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community led us to this decision,” Ridley wrote.

“We hope this postponement puts us in the best position to safely host the Masters Tournament and our amateur events at some later date.”

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