Sergio Garcia will miss out (Image: REUTERS)
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Former champion Sergio Garcia is out of this week's Masters after testing positive for Covid-19.
The Spanish Ryder Cup star started showing symptoms after missing the cut at the Houston Open last week – the first American event to allow crowds.
And 2017 Masters winner Garcia, now 40, will miss his first Major since starting a run of 84 consecutive events starting at the 1999 Open at Carnoustie when he was 19.
“After 21 years of not missing a Major Championship, I will sadly miss The Masters this week,” he tweeted.
“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.”
Garcia, who the Sanderson Farms Championship last month, is the latest big name to suffer from coronavirus following positive tests for world No.1 Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and Tony Finau last month.
Garcia won the Masters in 2017
He is the second player to pull out of the Masters with Covid-19 after Chile's Joaquin Niemann last week.
All players arriving in Augusta have to pass an off-site Covid 19 test before being allowed to pick up their accreditation and enter the course.
World No.9 Tyrrell Hatton said: “It is unfortunate that Sergio has tested positive but it is just the world we are in at the moment – everyone is at risk of getting it.
"I am sure everyone hopes he recovers quickly and can get back to playing soon.
"I don't think there is any concern among the players – it is no different from any week.”
Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said: “Our hearts and prayers go out to Sergio – we will miss him greatly.”