Golf’s men’s and women’s Australian Opens cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic | Golf News

Golf Australia stated it nonetheless meant to stage the Vic Open, which options males and girls taking part in for equal prize cash on the identical course, from February 10-13, though with out worldwide sanctioning

Last Updated: 14/10/21 7:31am

Matt Jones is the reigning Australian Open champion from its last staging in 2019

Matt Jones is the reigning Australian Open champion from its final staging in 2019

The males’s and girls’s Australian Open golf tournaments have been cancelled due to journey restrictions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Golf Australia had already postponed this 12 months’s men’s occasion in Sydney from November to late January or February, whereas the women’s 2022 match was due to be performed in Adelaide in February.

Australia’s borders are successfully shut and unlikely to open to non-residents till 2022, whereas the two-week isolation is pushing aside the nation’s high gamers from coming dwelling from the US and European excursions to assist the home sport.

Inbee Park was set to defend her title at Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide in February 2022

Inbee Park was set to defend her title at Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide in February 2022

“The decision has not been made lightly but we believe it to be the right outcome under the current circumstances,” stated James Sutherland, the Golf Australia chief government.

“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.”

The men’s Australian Open, beforehand gained by Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Rory McIlroy, was additionally cancelled in 2020 for the primary time since 1945.

The 2022 version will likely be held at Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne in November-December, earlier than returning to The Australian in 2023

Matt Jones is the defending Australian Open men’s champion from its final staging in 2019, whereas Inbee Park secured her twentieth LPGA Tour title on the Women’s Australian Open in February 2020.

Golf Australia stated it nonetheless meant to stage the Vic Open from February 10-13, though with out worldwide sanctioning.

The match, the one one on the world’s skilled golf excursions the place males and girls tee off in alternate teams on the identical course, is normally joint-sanctioned by the men’s European Tour and women’s LPGA Tour.

The Australian PGA Championship can also be set to go forward in Queensland from January 13-16.

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