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.