Next month’s Masters tournament at Augusta National has been cancelled due to the ongoing threat of the Covid-19 virus.
Played on what is probably the most famous golf course in the world, donning the famous Masters green jacket is one of the highest and most prestigious achievements in the world of sport.
It is hoped that this year’s tournament, which was set to run from April 9th-12th, can be re-scheduled for later in the year.
"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 Chairman Fred Ridley said in a statement.
"On Wednesday, March 4th, we issued a memo stating that our plans to host the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women's Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals had not changed.
“Unfortunately, the ever-increasing risks associated with the widespread coronavirus Covid-19 have led us to a decision that undoubtedly will be disappointing to many, although I am confident is appropriate under these unique circumstances.
"Considering the latest information and expert analysis, we have decided at this time to postpone the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals.
"Ultimately, the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community led us to this decision."
The news comes following the decision to cancel the Players Championship at Sawgrass after Thursday's first round and postpone subsequent events.
****Check eirsport.ie for updates on eir sport’s coverage of the re-scheduled event.