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2020 Masters postponed due to coronavirus outbreak as golf follows suit

2020 Masters postponed due to coronavirus outbreak as golf follows suit

On Thursday, golf -- as the sport is known to do -- lagged behind everyone else.

As the NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS and NCAA were suspending and canceling events for precautions over the coronavirus outbreak, PGA commissioner Jay Monahan announced the tour would continue playing the next four events as scheduled, just without fans. That lasted all of eight hours. After the first round of THE PLAYERS concluded, Monahan announced the tournament had been canceled as had the next our events leading up to the 2020 Masters. 

Then, Friday morning, chairman Fred Ridley and the board of Augusta National Golf Club issued a statement announced that the year's first major and golf's most prestigious event would be postponed until further notice. 

It was expected but shocking nonetheless. 

With golf in line, American sports, by in large, are standing as one amid the growing pandemic. 

You can thank, in part, Rory McIlroy for shaking the conscience of the golf world when he stepped off TPC Sawgrass on Thursday, calling for all players and caddies to be tested immediately and saying that if they got one positive the league should shut it down. 

That was a message to Monahan more than anything else about the fine line he was walking by letting his players, caddies and essential personnel continue to travel during these times and play on courses in Florida and Texas. 

Monahan did the right thing and shut it down. The Masters followed. 

[RELATED: Sports' coronavirus response helps awaken, enlighten America]

There's no telling when the tournament will be played. The course typically closes during the summer months. Will it stay open? Will they move the tournament to the fall? Perhaps after the FedEx Cup Playoffs?

It's all on the table. 

The important thing is that golf, with a little help from its star, did the right thing. 

Tom Brady silences Charles Barkley with insane birdie in 'The Match'

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Tom Brady silences Charles Barkley with insane birdie in 'The Match'

Tom Brady's start in "The Match" with former NFL star Peyton Manning and PGA Tour legends Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods wasn't great, leading to an endless parade of criticism on social media.

The six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback found a way to silence the haters with this remarkable shot for birdie on the seventh hole at Medalist Golf Club.

[RELATED: Warriors' Steph Curry wants in on next iteration of 'The Match' event]

Charles Barkley is part of TNT's telecast, and was in Brady's ear all the way up until he hit the shot.

Unfortunately for Brady, his pants didn't survive the hole.

Warriors star Steph Curry and former Warrior Andre Iguodala both are avid golf fans, and were just like the rest of us after seeing Brady's shot.

The San Mateo native got his mojo back, but he and his partner Mickelson have some catching up to do with Manning and Woods in control.

How to watch The Match: Tiger vs. Phil charity golf streaming, on TV

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How to watch The Match: Tiger vs. Phil charity golf streaming, on TV

The golf event we've all been waiting for is nearly upon us.

Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson, Part 2 ... with a twist.

On Sunday, Tiger will team up with NFL legend Peyton Manning to take on Mickelson and six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady in The Match: Champions for Charity at the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla.

Get ready for some epic trash talk.

Tiger and Phil squared off in the first edition of The Match back on Nov. 23, 2018 in Las Vegas, with Mickelson winning on the fourth extra hole.

Now the two championship golfers will be joined by two champion quarterbacks.

[RELATED: Manning takes perfect shot at Brady]

The stakes will be high, and the side bets should be incredible.

Here's how to watch The Match: Champions for Charity on TV and streaming online:

When: Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT
TV: TNT
Stream: TNTdrama.com