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2020 Masters: Joaquin Niemann withdraws, citing COVID-19

Chilean would have been making his 1st start as a professional at Augusta National, where he missed the cut in 2018 as an amateur

Joaquin Niemann announced over the weekend that he has withdrawn from this week’s Masters, citing a recent positive test for COVID-19.

“This event means a lot to me,” he wrote on Twitter, “and I have had incredible memories playing as the LAAC champion.”

Niemann, 21, of Chile, won the 2018 Latin America Amateur Championship to earn a spot in that year’s Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. He missed the cut.

As a PGA Tour rookie, he won the 2019 Greenbrier title for his first victory. He also played on the International team that lost to the U.S. in last year’s Presidents Cup.

Niemann had contended in nearly every event since the late summer, starting with a T-3 in the second playoff event, the BMW Championship. He had posted four consecutive top-25 finishes, including sixth place at the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek, as he climbed to a career-high No. 41 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Niemann will not be replaced in the Masters field, which will consist of 95 players. Because of shorter daylight hours, the Nos. 1 and 10 tees will be used to start play Thursday and Friday before the 36-hole cut.

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