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Sport Golf's Australian Opens cancelled due to Covid-19

11:32  14 october  2021
11:32  14 october  2021 Source:   skysports.com

Australian Open golf events cancelled

  Australian Open golf events cancelled The men's and women's Australian Open golf championships have been cancelled for the second straight year because of the global pandemic.Golf Australia announced the tough decision on Thursday, saying it would begin planning for a return of the two Opens in the 2022-23 summer of golf.

The 2021 Australian Open and the 2022 Women' s Australian Open have been cancelled as the COVID - 19 pandemic continues to play havoc with international travel plans. Golf Australia announced the tough decision on Thursday, saying it would begin planning for a return of the two Opens in the "The pressure and risk on host venues and organisers is also high - these are small businesses who have already faced huge disruption due to the pandemic." Golf Australia general manager for events and operations Therese Magdulski said it became increasingly apparent as the tournament dates

Australian golf authorities have cancelled the Australian PGA and the men' s and women' s Australian Opens , declaring it the decision "we've had to take". The tournaments had already been rescheduled from November/December in hopes of easing conditions. Golf Australia boss James Sutherland said the decisions to cancel due to the impacts of COVID - 19 were made with a heavy heart given the tournaments' history and international significance. "On the advice of relevant domestic government authorities and, with consideration for the global nature of our fields and partners, the call

The men’s and women’s Australian Open golf tournaments have been cancelled due to travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Golf Australia had already postponed this year's men's event in Sydney from November to late January or February, while the women's 2022 tournament was due to be played in Adelaide in February.

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

Australia's borders are effectively shut and unlikely to open to non-residents until 2022, while the two-week isolation is putting off the nation's top players from coming home from the US and European tours to support the domestic game.

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MELBOURNE, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Australia has cancelled its men' s and women' s Open tournaments in a hammer blow for the struggling domestic game as COVID - 19 and travel restrictions continue to bite. Organisers had planned a late-January, early-February window for the men' s Australian Open in Sydney after its original November schedule proved untenable. But Golf Australia boss James Sutherland said enduring travel curbs and the country' s mandatory 14-day quarantine had left organisers with no choice but to cancel the flagship event for a second year in a row.

Golf Australia had already pushed back this year' s men' s event in Sydney from November to late January or February, but it has now been called off entirely. The women' s 2022 tournament was due to be played in Adelaide in February, but that too has been canned. "The decision has not been made It is the second year in a row that the men' s Australian Open has not been played. Won previously by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Rory McIlroy, it was cancelled in 2020 for the first time since 1945. But Golf Australia said it still intended to run the innovative Vic Open from February

"The decision has not been made lightly but we believe it to be the right outcome under the current circumstances," said James Sutherland, the Golf Australia chief executive.

"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, previously won by Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Rory McIlroy, was also cancelled in 2020 for the first time since 1945.

The 2022 edition will be held at Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne in November-December, before returning to The Australian in 2023

Matt Jones is the defending Australian Open men's champion from its last staging in 2019, while Inbee Park secured her 20th LPGA Tour title at the Women's Australian Open in February 2020.

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The 2021 Men’ s Australian Open and the 2022 Women’ s Australian Open have been cancelled as the Covid - 19 pandemic and resulting travel restrictions continue to play havoc with international golf in Australia and around the world. PHOTO: Sue McKay/Getty Images. “The pressure and risk on host venues and organisers is also high – these are small businesses who have already faced huge disruption due to the pandemic.” Golf Australia ’ s General Manager Events and Operations, Therese Magdulski, said it became increasingly apparent as the tournament dates loomed that it would not be

Australia ' s three biggest golf tournaments fell victim to the coronavirus pandemic Friday in an "unprecedented blow" to the sport. The men' s and women' s Australian Open and the PGA Championship, all due to be played in February, will now no longer take place. It will be the first time Both were postponed in recent months in the hope a time slot in the late southern summer -- potentially near the Women' s Australian Open -– would buy time to host them. But the impacts of Covid - 19 , particularly assembling international fields and ensuring the safety of players, spectators and officials

Golf Australia said it still intended to stage the Vic Open from February 10-13, although without international sanctioning.

The tournament, the only one on the world's professional golf tours where men and women tee off in alternate groups on the same course, is usually joint-sanctioned by the men's European Tour and women's LPGA Tour.

The Australian PGA Championship is also set to go ahead in Queensland from January 13-16.

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

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