Golf’s first major championship of the year, The Masters Tournament in Augusta will be postponed due to concerns over the coronavirus. The postponement marks the fifth PGA tour event to reschedule this year.
The Masters was originally scheduled for April 9-12 at Augusta National Golf Club. The Masters will be held at a later date, but no new date has been announced. The Augusta National Women’s Amateur and Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals have also been postponed.
The Masters Tournament started in 1934 and has never been played outside of March or April before.
The chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, Fred Ridley, said in the official statement, “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.”
Additional professional golfing events that have been canceled or rescheduled so far include the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, FL; WGC-Dell Match Play Championship in Austin, TX; and Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, TX.
RideGCT will post updates about the Masters Tournament as they become available.