THE PLAYERS Championship, Masters Tournament impacted by coronavirus


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(WKRN) — The PGA Tour and Augusta National Golf Club have decided to make some changes to their schedules as the coronavirus continues to spread.

On Friday, Fred Ridley with the August National Golf Club announced the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals have been postponed.

“Ultimately, the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community led us to this decision, said Ridley. “We hope this postponement puts us in the best position to safely host the Masters Tournament and our amateur events at some later date.”

The announcement comes a day after the PGA Tour canceled THE PLAYERS golf championship and all PGA Tour events across all of their tours through the Valero Texas Open on April 5, 2020.

“We have pledged from the start to be responsible, thoughtful and transparent with our decision process. We did everything possible to create a safe environment for our players in order to continue the event throughout the weekend, and we were endeavoring to give our fans a much-needed respite from the current climate.  But at this point – and as the situation continues to rapidly change – the right thing to do for our players and our fans is to pause.”

The PGA Tour is expected to release more information and answer additional questions on Friday morning.

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