Sergio Garcia Out of Masters After Positive COVID-19 Test

Sergio Garcia Out of Masters After Positive COVID-19 Test Photo: TT
Sergio Garcia has withdrawn from Masters after testing positive for coronavirus. Garcia revealed he felt ill when traveling to his home in Austin from the Houston Open on Saturday evening

Three years ago Sergio Garcia won his first major at the 2017 Masters Championships but this year he’s been forced to withdraw after testing positive for coronavirus.

The 40-year-old Spaniard revealed the news on social media, ahead of the 2020 Masters which are due to start in the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on Thursday.

A star-studded field will play at the Masters including former winners Tiger Woods, Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson, Danny Willett and Jordan Spieth, along with top ranked Dustin Johnson will also compete having had coronavirus last month.

Garcia’s absence is notable given he hasn’t missed a major since 1999 and comes after he felt unwell after missing the cut at last week’s Houston Open.

“On Saturday night after driving back from the Houston Open, I started feeling a bit of a sore throat and a cough,” Garcia wrote Twitter.

“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.

“After 21 years of not missing a Major Championship, I will sadly miss the Masters 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.”

Johnson is the favourite to win at Augusta, along with power-hitting world number five Bryson DeChambeau who has shot into contention.

Spaniard world number two Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka are also among the contenders, while Woods will defend his title.

Woods isn’t expected to be in the mix to claim another green jacket, but he also shouldn’t be discounted given his 2019 performance where he won ahead of Johnson, Koepka and Xander Schauffele.

Ben somerford
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