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Augusta National postpones Masters

Move comes 1 day after PGA Tour called off Players Championship and the next 3 events in response to coronavirus pandemic

One day after the PGA Tour called off its flagship tournament and the next three weeks of tournaments in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Augusta National Golf Club postponed next month’s Masters, club chairman Fred Ridley announced Friday.

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Augusta National Golf Club, site of the annual Masters Tournament

The club also called off its Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt national final that were scheduled in the days leading up to the April 9-12 Masters. Ridley cited “the ever-increasing risks associated with the widespread Coronavirus COVID-19” as the reason for the postponements. Ridley did not disclose any potential dates to reschedule what traditionally has been the season’s first major championship.

The news comes nine days after Augusta National had issued a statement indicated that its plans had not changed. In the ensuing days, however, virtually every major professional and amateur sport had called off events in the coming days and weeks as the scope of the pandemic became clearer.

“We recognize this decision will affect many people, including our loyal patrons,” Ridley said. “Your patience as we make every effort to communicate effectively and efficiently is appreciated, and we will share any additional information as soon as it becomes available. Updates also will be posted to our website,”

At last year's Masters, Tiger Woods won his 15th major championship to punctuate his comeback from spinal-fusion surgery and off-course issues.

The Masters postponement leaves the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on April 16-19 as the next event on the PGA Tour’s schedule.

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