Sergio Garcia will not be teeing it up at this week’s Masters after testing positive for COVID-19. The PGA Tour announced that the 40-year-old Spaniard tested positive on Monday morning. Garcia did play in this past week’s Houston Open but missed the cut after shooting 5-over in his opening two rounds.
Garcia released a statement explaining that he started to have a sore throat and developed a cough after driving back from Houston on Saturday:
“On Saturday night after driving back from the Houston Open, I started feeling a bit of a sore throat and a cough. 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 @themasters 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 👊🏼”
The Houston Open was the first PGA Toure event to welcome back fans since The Players in March just prior to things shutting down. Garcia won the Masters in 2017 and this ends his streak of playing in 84 consecutive major championships.
Sergio Garcia has withdrawn from this week's Masters Tournament due to a positive COVID-19 test result. pic.twitter.com/4nKkziDDHW
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) November 9, 2020
Garcia is now the second player forced to withdraw from the 2020 Masters. Joaquin Niemann withdrew last week after testing positive for COVID-19 as well.