Journalist tests positive for COVID-19 after reporting on Masters, Women's Amateur at Augusta National

AUGUSTA, Ga. – An accredited member of the media at the Masters tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday morning after spending six days at Augusta National Golf Club covering the Women’s Amateur tournament and the Masters.

The journalist, who said they arrived at Augusta National April 2, is quarantining and will take another test Friday morning. The person spoke with USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity due to the personal nature of the matter.

Two other accredited members of the media tested positive in Augusta National’s required testing program before they entered the golf club for this week’s tournament, according to several people with knowledge of the situation.

One of those journalists was staying at a house in the area with three other accredited members of the media who had tested negative. Because of contact tracing, all four journalists are now quarantining.

The Masters flagstick on the 17th green during a practice round at Augusta National Golf Club.

All members of the media covering the Women’s Amateur and the Masters required a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival to Augusta National before being granted permission to enter the press building and the grounds. The person who tested positive Thursday morning had a negative test before entering the club April 2.

An Augusta National spokeswoman declined comment.

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