Sergio Garcia, the 2017 champion of the Masters Tournament, has tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrawn from this week's event.

Former Masters champion Sergio Garcia will not be competing in this year's Masters tournament at Augusta.

It will be the first major championship that the 40-year-old Spaniard has missed in 21 years.

“I started feeling a bit of a sore throat and a cough,” Sergio explained on Twitter.

“The symptoms stayed with me on Sunday morning so I decided to get tested for Covid-19 and so did my wife Angela. Thankfully she tested negative, but I didn’t.

“After 21 years of not missing a major championship, I will sadly miss the Masters this week. 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.”

Chilean Joaquin Niemann also pulled out last week following a positive test result and as the policy for the tournament is not replace any who choose to withdraw, the field now stands at 92 players.

The Masters will take place in Georgia this week from Thursday November 12 to Sunday November 15.

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