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Sergio García to miss Augusta Masters due to positive covid-19 test

The 2017 champion will miss out on trying for another green jacket after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing his run of 84 to an end.

Sergio García to miss Augusta Masters due to positive covid-19 test
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Since he was 19 years of age, Sergio Garcia has played in 84 consecutive majors. But the former Masters champion's run that dates back to 1999 has pulled out of this week's major tournament after testing positive for covid-19, he announced on Monday.

Covid-19 rules Garcia out of Masters

Garcia said he began experiencing a sore throat and a cough on Saturday while he was driving back from the Houston Open, where he missed the cut, and got tested on Sunday.

"After 21 years of not missing a Major Championship, I will sadly miss @themasters this week," the 40-year-old Spaniard wrote on Twitter.

"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 11-time PGA Tour winner said his wife tested negative for the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 10 million people in the United States, the country with the highest known number of covid-19 cases.

The Masters was postponed from April to November due to the pandemic, which hit the professional sports calendar and forced the PGA Tour into hiatus for several weeks.