2020 Masters Golf Tournament postponed

photography Peter Dazeley, Coombe Hill GC, Kingston Surrey UK, February 4th 2020

Augusta National says next month's Masters golf tournament is postponed due to coronavirus concerns.

The Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive and the Chip and Putt National Finals have also been postponed. Officials said they hope to host the tournament at "some later date."

The full statement from Augusta National Golf Club Chairman, Fred Ridley, can be read below: 

"On Wednesday, March 4, we issued a memo stating that our plans to host the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals had not changed. 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. We recognize this decision will affect many people, including our loyal patrons. 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, Masters.com. As COVID-19 continues to impact the lives of people everywhere, we seek your understanding of this decision and know you share our concern given these trying times. Thank you for your faithful support."

The Masters also relased a statement on Twitter.

The Masters is just one of several large sports events to be canceled or postponed due to growing concern of the spread of COVID-19

Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, the English Premier League and the Professional Golf Association have either suspended upcoming games and matches or barred fans from attending due to the coronavirus. 

The XFL also suspended what remained of its season.

NASCAR has opted to hold its weekend races without fans in attendance.