The Augusta Masters, the first Major of the golf season, will not be disputed in April. The tournament, which was scheduled to be played from April 8 to 11, has been postponed by “the increasing risks”Due to the coronavirus outbreak. “Unfortunately, the increasing risks associated with the extended COVID-19 have led us to a decision that will undoubtedly be disappointing for many, although I am sure it is appropriate in these unique circumstances. Taking into account the latest information and expert analysis, we have decided at this time to postpone the Masters, “said Fred Ridley, president of the Augusta National Golf Club, organizer of the event, in a statement. The executive recalled that “the health and well-being of all the people associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community” have led them to make this decision and expressed the wish that this measure would allow to celebrate the Major “at a later date”.
The announcement comes hours after the PGA, the American professional golf circuit, be informed of the cancellation of The Players Championship, one of the most renowned tournaments worldwide and considered the fifth Major, and other events until the beginning of April due to the coronavirus. “We regret to announce the cancellation of The Players Championship. Too we have decided to cancel all the events of the PGA Tour, in all our circuits, in the coming weeks, up to the Texas tournament, ”said the PGA in a statement. The Texan appointment was to be held from April 2 to 5. The agency noted that they have “committed from the beginning to be responsible, thoughtful and transparent” when making decisions and that they did “everything possible” so that golfers could play in “a safe environment” at The Players, at just like fans. “But at this point, and as the situation continues to change rapidly, the right thing for our players and our fans is to pause on the circuit,” he said. The tournament, which takes place on the route of the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, in Florida, had already played its first day with the presence of the Spanish Jon Rahm, Sergio García and Rafa Cabrera-Bello. Another renowned event like the Match-Play World Cup is also affected.