Garcia ruled out of Augusta after positive Covid test

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Sergio Garcia, removes his green jacket in the centre court royal box on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on July 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Former Masters champion Sergio Garcia has been forced to withdraw from this week’s Masters after testing positive for coronavirus. The Spaniard’s absence will be a first from Major competition since 1999 and comes after symptoms flared following his missed 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 on 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.”

Garcia was a popular winner of the famous Green Jacket when he defeated Justin Rose in a playoff to claim his first Major title at Augusta National in 2017.

 

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