Coronavirus: The Masters in Augusta canceled due to health crisis

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The Masters has been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.

The first major men's championship of the year would begin on April 9 at Augusta National in Georgia.

Fred Ridley, President of Augusta National, said, "The health and well-being of everyone involved in these events and the citizens of the Augusta community have led us to this decision."

It is the first postponement of the Masters since World War II. II, which ended the tournament in 1943, 1945 and 1946.

Earlier on Friday, the PGA Tour stopped playing until after the Valero Texas Open, which ended on April 5.

There, therefore, no golf is planned on the PGA Tour until the RBC Heritage on April 16, with the next scheduled European Tour event on April 30 as Andalucia Open. The first major of the year for women – the ANA Inspiration – was canceled on Friday.

"In view of the latest information and expert analysis, we have now decided to postpone the Masters tournament, the Augusta National Women's Amateur. And the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals," Ridley added in a statement.

"Unfortunately, the ever-increasing risks associated with the widespread coronavirus have brought us to a decision that will no doubt disappoint many, although I am sure it is appropriate under these unique circumstances.

"As the coronavirus continues to affect the lives of people around the world, we ask for your understanding of this decision and know that you share our concern during these difficult times."

More to follow.

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