The 2020 US Masters at Augusta postponed due to coronavirus

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The 2020 US Masters has been postponed due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

The famous golf championship has become the latest sporting event to be postponed as a result of COVID-19, following in the footsteps of the postponement of the Premier League, English Football League and National Ice Hockey League today.

As a result of the ongoing health crisis, Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, has declared the event's postponement.

The men's first major competition of year was due to begin on April 9 at Augusta in Georgia.

In a statement, Fred Ridley admitted that the tournament was forced to be postponed despite them saying earlier this week that there were no plans to do so.

The Augusta National Golf Club chairman said: "Unfortunately, the ever-increasing risks associated with the widespread Coronavirus COVID-19 have led us to a decision that undoubtedly will be disappointing to many, although I am confident is appropriate under these unique circumstances.

"Considering the latest information and expert analysis, we have decided at this time to postpone the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals.

"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.

"We will continue to work with the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the City of Augusta and all other local authorities. We are grateful to all of these entities for their exceptional efforts and guidance."

Earlier today, the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Tour suspended play until after the Valero Texas Open, which was scheduled to end on 5 April.

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