As if the cool temperatures and shortened daylight window weren’t enough, the pandemic continued to mess with the 2020 Masters as Joaquin Niemann withdrew from the event on Friday after testing positive for COVID-19.
Niemann is currently ranked 41st in the Official World Golf Ranking and 38th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.
The 21-year-old Chilean has on the top of his game of late — he’s finished in the top 25 at all four of this season’s PGA Tour events, including a sixth-place finish at the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.
Niemann has one Tour win under his belt, taking the title at the 2019 Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, an event that has since been removed from the schedule.
He has played in seven major tournaments so far in his young career, but failed to make the cut in his only other appearance at Augusta in 2018.
Joaquin Niemann has informed Augusta National Golf Club that he will not participate in the 2020 Masters Tournament due to a positive COVID-19 test result. pic.twitter.com/oZur2JcNWl
— The Masters (@TheMasters) November 6, 2020