As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on international travel plans, the 2021 Australian Open and the 2022 Australian Women’s Open have been cancelled.
golf Australia announced the difficult decision on Thursday, saying that it will start planning to return to two open tournaments in the golf summer of the 2022-23 season.
This is the second consecutive year that Australia’s flagship golf tournament has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.
This year’s men’s championship-won by Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Peter Thomson and Greg Norman among others-was originally scheduled for November 25-28 at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney Held, and then postponed to early 2022.
The Australian Women’s Tennis Open is scheduled to be held in Adelaide’s Cuyonga Golf Club in February 2022.
“This decision was not taken lightly, but we believe it is the correct result under the current circumstances,” said James Sutherland, president of the Australian Golf Association.
“International factors mean that changing quarantine and travel restrictions have severely disrupted planning, and our big-name players live abroad, making it even more challenging.
“The pressure and risks of the host venues and organizers are also high-these small businesses have already faced tremendous damage due to the pandemic.”
Therese Magdulski, general manager of golf events and operations in Australia, said that as the game date approaches, it becomes more and more obvious that these events cannot be held due to restrictions.
Magdulski added that as the virus continues to spread across Australia, public health issues and continued uncertainty about travel have also played a role.
“When we decided in June to try and make these tournaments again, we didn’t even deal with the Delta variant,” she said.
“Everything has changed since then, and it may change again.
“In the end, these are very difficult decisions, very disappointing for everyone in the industry, but we have worked hard to achieve it, but we have not come together as we hoped.”
The Australian PGA Championship is now the headline news on the Australian Tour schedule.
It will be held in Royal Queensland from January 13th to 16th.
The summer schedule includes the PGA Championship, three Webex player series, and a series of state PGA championships and state Opens.
“Although it is disappointing to lose these tournaments for the second year in a row, we will continue to work together to provide an exciting local tournament schedule throughout the summer,” Sutherland said.