Former champ Sergio Garcia WDs from Masters after positive COVID test

As PGA Tour players were making their way to Augusta, the pandemic continued to shape the 2020 Masters — this time a former champ was forced to withdraw after a positive COVID test.

Sergio Garcia, who won the event in 2017, will miss this year’s tournament.

Garcia tweeted early on Monday.

“On Saturday night when I got back from Houston, I started to notice an itchy throat and a slight cough. These symptoms continued with me on Sunday, so I decided to get tested for COVID-19, as did my wife Angela. Fortunately she tested negative but I did not.”

Garcia played with Tony Finau and Brian Gay during the first two rounds of the Vivint Houston Open. He failed to make the cut.

The Houston event was the first on the PGA Tour to allow fans back on-site, as about 2,000 per day were allowed to roam the grounds at Memorial Park Golf Course.

Garcia won his green jacket in thrilling style, beating Justin Rose in a playoff. He has three other top 10 finishes in Augusta, including a T-4 in 2004.

Although he failed to make the cut in Houston, Garcia has been better of late. He won the Sanderson Farms in October. Prior to that, he’d been mired in a prolonged slump, recording just one top-10 finish since February and he’d missed three of his last four cuts. He failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs and in the latest indignity, dropped out of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking this week for the first time in nine years.

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