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Sergio Garcia withdraws from 2020 Masters after positive COVID-19 test

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia has withdrawn from the 2020 Masters tournament after testing positive for COVID-19.

Garcia won the Masters in 2017 — the lone major victory of his career. However, he’s missed the cut in both years since his win. Overall, he has four top-10 finishes at Augusta National in his career.

It will mark the first major Garcia has missed since the 1999 U.S. Open, ending the longest active streak on tour. The 40-year old is currently ranked no. 40 in the world.

Garcia won the Sanderson Farms Championship last month — his first title since the 2017 Masters — and his game has generally been in strong form since the PGA Tour resumed mid-pandemic.

Garcia missed the cut last week at the Vivint Houston Open and said he began experiencing a sore throat and cough upon returning home on Saturday. Fortunately, he is the only member of his family to test positive.

The Spaniard is the second player to drop out of the 2020 Masters due to COVID-19. Joaquin Niemann withdrew last week after testing positive. Garcia and Niemann join Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, and Tony Finau among the players who have had to miss recent tournaments after testing positive.

The 84th Masters, of course, was set to take place in mid-April as usual, but was delayed until this week of November due to the pandemic. It formally begins on Thursday, and the famed Wednesday Par-3 contest will not take place (though College Gameday from Augusta will!).

The 2021 tournament is still slated for the spring, so Garcia won’t have to wait too long before getting another opportunity to deal with Amen Corner.