Tiger Woods’ Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus

Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus

(CNN)Tiger Woods’ defense of his Masters title has been put on hold after the revered tournament was postponed because of the spread of coronavirus.

The year’s first major was set to take place at its traditional home of Augusta National, Georgia, from April 9.But members of the private club said Friday they had come to a decision which is “appropriate under these unique circumstances.”
    “The health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community led us to this decision,” said chairman Fred Ridley in a statement.Read More”We hope this postponement puts us in the best position to safely host the Masters Tournament and our amateur events at some later date.”Augusta National was also set to hold the Women’s Amateur and the junior Drive, Chip and Putt Finals ahead of the Masters. “As COVID-19 continues to impact the lives of people everywhere, we seek your understanding of this decision and know you share our concern given these trying times,” added Ridley.READ: NBA suspends season after Jazz’s Gobert tests positiveTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentDay four – Tiger Woods punched the air to tumultuous applause and chants of “Tiger, Tiger” as he sealed his 15th major title.Hide Caption 1 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentWoods was bidding for a fifth Green Jacket, 14 years after his last.Hide Caption 2 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentAlongside Woods chasing leader Francesco Molinari were Justin Harding (left) of South Africa and American Xander Schauffele.Hide Caption 3 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentFormer US PGA champion Jason Day of Australia was also in contention.Hide Caption 4 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentDay three – Italy’s British Open champion Molinari was the leader after three rounds at Augusta. Hide Caption 5 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentWoods was two shots back and within touching distance of a fifth Green Jacket and 15th major title. Hide Caption 6 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentAmerican Tony Finau sat alongside Woods. Finau dislocated his ankle in the par-3 contest ahead of his debut in last year’s Masters. Hide Caption 7 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentMasters patrons were treated to an electric day of golf at Augusta Saturday.Hide Caption 8 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentSaturday is known as Moving Day and if you weren’t going forwards you were going backwards.Hide Caption 9 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentEngland’s Ian Poulter played alongside Woods and said afterwards it had been “fun.”Hide Caption 10 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentHospitality at Augusta is famous for offering affordable food and beverage options.Hide Caption 11 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentFinau was the first player in the field to reach 10 under par after a dazzling start Saturday.Hide Caption 12 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentPhil Mickelson is bidding for a fourth Green Jacket and sixth major title at the age of 48.Hide Caption 13 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentRickie Fowler is arguably the “best player never to have win a major.”Hide Caption 14 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentMolinari made his first visit to Augusta as caddie for his older brother Edoardo in 2006.Hide Caption 15 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentDay two – Veteran Mickelson was playing his 100th round at the Masters Friday.Hide Caption 16 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentPlay was suspended for a while because of the threat of thunderstorms in the Augusta area. Hide Caption 17 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentItaly’s Francesco Molinari, the British Open champion, set the early pace and pushed the lead to seven under.Hide Caption 18 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentLeft-hander Mickelson could become the oldest Masters champion — he is only three shots off the lead. Hide Caption 19 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentFirst round co-leader Brooks Koepka struggled early on day two but rallied to share a five-way tie for the lead at seven under.Hide Caption 20 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentThe weather warning came just as Tiger Woods was beginning his move up the leaderboard. Hide Caption 21 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentAustralian Adam Scott, the 2013 champion, pushed the lead to eight under before dropping back into the pack at seven under.Hide Caption 22 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentEngland’s Justin Rose, runner-up two years ago, had a Masters to forget as he missed the cut.Hide Caption 23 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentThe other first round co-leader Bryson DeChambeau went backwards Friday.Hide Caption 24 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentWoods hit a stunning tee shot to 12 before the siren went to suspend play because of thunderstorms. Hide Caption 25 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentEngland’s Ian Poulter kept up his challenge for a maiden major title with another good round at Augusta.Hide Caption 26 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentWorld No.2 Dustin Johnson was in a group on six under alongside Woods at the halfway stage.Hide Caption 27 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentDay one – Tiger Woods is chasing a fifth Masters title and first since 2005 at Augusta.Hide Caption 28 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentThe 43-year-old won the last of his 14 majors in 2008 and is on the comeback from long-term back injury. Hide Caption 29 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentFollowing spine fusion surgery in 2017, Woods crowned a remarkable season last year with victory in the Tour Championship, his first for five years.Hide Caption 30 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentPre-tournament favorite Rory McIlroy needs the Masters to complete the career Grand Slam of all four major titles. Hide Caption 31 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentHowever, the 29-year-old Northern Irishman got off to a poor start on day one at Augusta.Hide Caption 32 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentGolf legends Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player got the 83rd Masters under way as ceremonial starters Thursday.Hide Caption 33 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentRickie Fowler, runner-up in 2018, is still chasing a first major title.Hide Caption 34 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentAmerica’s Fowler finished behind countryman Patrick Reed last year. Hide Caption 35 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentWorld No.2 Dustin Johnson finished strongly to end four under par, two off the lead. Hide Caption 36 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentFormer champion Jordan Spieth had a day to forget and ended three over.Hide Caption 37 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentLeft-hander Bubba Watson is a two-time Masters champion.Hide Caption 38 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentVeteran Phil Mickelson, 48, is chasing a fourth Green Jacket. Hide Caption 39 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirus Photos: The 2019 Masters Golf TournamentBrooks Koepka pushed the lead to six under before being joined by Bryson DeChambeau.Hide Caption 40 of 40Tiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusTiger Woods' Masters defense postponed because of coronavirusThe PGA Tour had earlier canceled the Players Championship ahead of the second round and announced it was suspending all tournaments up to and including the Valero Texas Open the week before the Masters.Woods won his fifth Masters green jacket and 15th major in a remarkable performance 12 months ago.
      World No.1 Rory McIlroy needs the Masters to complete the career grand slam of all four major titles.He would become only the sixth player to clinch the feat, joining golfing greats Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen.