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Tiger Woods has broken his silence on the coronavirus outbreak, calling for people to be “safe, smart and do what is best”.

The 15-time major winner, who has been out of the public eye since missing the cut in the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club last month, tweeted about the COVID-19 outbreak this evening. 

Currently rehabilitating from his latest back ailment, Woods was expected to defend his Masters title at Augusta National next month. However, on Friday, club officials announced that the tournament was being postponed as a result of the outbreak. 

Earlier that day, the PGA Tour announced the cancellation of all events between now and The Masters: THE PLAYERS Championship, the Valspar Championship, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and the Valero Texas Open. 

• Augusta National closed until further notice

• How pro golf is adjusting to COVID-19 chaos

• Jack Nicklaus makes grim golf prediction

At present, these are the only PGA Tour events to have fallen victim to coronavirus. 

However, with the CDC having called for the cancellation of all US events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, it is expected that more golf events – including May’s US PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park – will be impacted.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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