Sydney, October 14
The men’s Australian Open golf match and Australian Women’s Open scheduled for subsequent 12 months have been canceled due to COVID-19-related journey and quarantine restrictions.
“The decision has not been made lightly but we believe it to be the right outcome under the current circumstances,” Golf Australia chief govt James Sutherland mentioned in a press release launched on Thursday.
The men’s match was initially scheduled for November 25-28 at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney however had already been re-scheduled for a date in early 2022. It was additionally not held in 2020 as a result of pandemic. Australian Matt Jones was the final winner in 2019 when it was additionally performed at The Australian.
The Women’s Australian Open, which was set be on the 2022 LPGA Tour, was scheduled for February at Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide, though an precise date had not been decided. Inbee Park received the 2020 match at Royal Adelaide and the 2021 model was canceled.
Sutherland mentioned ongoing journey restrictions meant holding the tournaments was not viable.
“The international element means shifting quarantine and travel restrictions wreak havoc on planning and, with our marquee players living abroad, the challenge is even greater,” Sutherland mentioned.
“The pressure and risk on host venues and organizers is also high — these are small businesses who have already faced huge disruption due to the pandemic.”
The 2022 men’s Australian Open is scheduled to be held at Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne in November-December of subsequent 12 months, earlier than returning to The Australian in 2023.
The Australian PGA Championship is scheduled to be performed from January 13-16 at Royal Queensland, seemingly with few worldwide gamers. — AP