The shock waves from the coronavirus outbreak rattled sports for another day as two rites of spring, the Masters and Boston Marathon, were postponed.
There was at least some relief Friday that those events are expected to take place later in the year, unlike the stunning announcement the day before that the NCAA was canceling March Madness, one of the biggest events on the U.S. sports calendar.
“Well, postponed is a comforting word," pro golfer Xander Schauffele said. “Canceled is another.”
Golf and car racing came around and called off weekend events, leaving fans with nothing to look forward to for several weeks.
Augusta National offered no details for when the green jacket will be slipped over the shoulders of a new champion, except for Chairman Fred Ridley saying he hopes the postponement puts the club in the best position to safely host the Masters "at some later date.”
The Masters had been scheduled for April 9-12.
The Boston Marathon, the world's most celebrated footrace, was postponed from April 20 until Sept. 14.
Mayor Marty Walsh announced the decision. The Boston Athletic Association, which oversees the marathon, had held off deciding the fate of the race even as other high-profile sports events were canceled or postponed around the globe.