(EFE) .- Chilean golfer Joaquín Niemann, number 41 in the world ranking, announced this Friday that he tested positive for covid-19 and therefore will not participate next week in the Augusta Masters, one of the four big tournaments of the men’s circuit.
“Unfortunately I tested positive for coronavirus and will not be able to play @themasters (Augusta Masters) next week”, wrote on his Twitter account the Chilean athlete, who will turn 32 this Saturday.
“This tournament means a lot to me, I have very good memories of when I played it as LAAC (Latin American Amateur Championship) champion and I am really very disappointed that I cannot play it this year, but I will do my best to have it. a speedy recovery while keeping my family and team healthy “, Niemann added.
This was going to be the second time that the Chilean played the famous tournament that is held every year in Augusta (Georgia, United States), but the first time he was going to do it as a professional.
The Augusta Masters was postponed from April to November and will be played from the 12th to the 15th of this month.
The professional golf circuit stipulates in its health security measures a 10-day quarantine for those who test positive for covid-19.
Unfortunately I tested positive for coronavirus and will not be able to play @themasters next week. This tournament means a lot to me, I have very good memories of when I played it as LAAC champion and … pic.twitter.com/QVJobIbcIx
– joaconiemann (@joaconiemann) November 6, 2020