The Masters postponed in response to coronavirus concerns

The Masters postponed in response to coronavirus concerns

A pin flag is displayed during a practice round prior to The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 08, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Masters will be postponed in response to coronavirus pandemic. Augusta National Golf Club made the announcement Friday.

This comes after the PGA Tour canceled the rest of The Players Championship and decided to shut down its other tournaments for the next three weeks.

The tournament was scheduled to take place April 9-12 Augusta National.

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“Considering the latest information and expert analysis, we have decided at this time to postpone the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals,” said Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club:

“Ultimately, the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community led us to this decision. 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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Several sporting events originally announced they would not be played with fans in attendance.

Rory McIlroy, who is the No. 1-ranked player in the world, said on Thursday that if the Masters went on as scheduled it should be done without spectators.

“I don’t see how they can let spectators in if they plan to play at this point,” McIlroy said before today’s update.

Now, the Masters been postponed like the rest of the sports world.