Tiger Woods asks for people ‘to be safe, smart’ during COVID-19 crisis

Tiger Woods. (Lee Jin-man/AP)

Tiger Woods has made his first comments since the COVID-19 virus forced all upcoming professional golf events to be cancelled or postponed last week.

In a tweet, the 15-time Major champion said, “There are a lot more important things in life than a golf tournament right now.

“We need to be safe, smart and do what is best for ourselves, our loved ones and our community.”

Last week, the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour announced tournaments would be cancelled, with the PGA saying it wouldn’t be resuming play for at least one month. On Friday, the Masters followed suit, announcing it wouldn’t be played in the spring for the first time since World War II, but organizers at Augusta National said it could be played later in the year.

“Unfortunately, the ever-increasing risks associated with the widespread coronavirus have led us to a decision that undoubtedly will be disappointing to many, although I am confident is appropriate under these unique circumstances,” Masters chairman Fred Ridley said in a statement Friday.

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