Former Masters Champion Sergio Garcia Has COVID-19, Won't Play in Tournament

Sergio Garcia won't play in the 2020 Masters Tournament due to a COVID-19 diagnosis, he announced on Monday.

The 40-year-old Spanish golfer shared the news in a series of tweets, writing, "On Saturday night after driving back from the Houston Open, I started feeling a bit of a sore throat and a cough. The symptoms stayed with me on Sunday morning so I decided to get tested for COVID-19 and so did my wife Angela. Thankfully she tested negative, but I didn’t."

Garcia continued in a second tweet, "After 21 years of not missing a Major Championship, I will sadly miss @themasters this week. The important thing is that my family and I are feeling good. We’ll come back stronger and give the green jacket a go next April 👊🏼."

The athlete previously won the Masters in 2017 and has a total of eleven career PGA Tour wins.

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The 84th edition of the annual golf tournament will kick off after it was postponed from earlier this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It was rescheduled from April 9-12 to Nov. 12-15.

Set to take place, as always, at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, the tournament — which is one of the four major championships in professional golf — will occur without any fans in attendance due to the current health crisis.

Those expected to play include Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, and Jon Rahm.

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