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Australian Open won’t be played in fall, officials say

Travel complications associated with the global coronavirus pandemic doom the 105th edition this year, and the Masters Tournament’s move to November didn’t make things any easier

Postponed: The Australian Open, because of uncertainty regarding the global coronavirus pandemic, the PGA of Australia announced in a news release. The 105th edition of the tournament, which annually attracts some of the top golfers in the world and has featured a who’s-who list of champions over the years, was scheduled for November at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Cheltenham, near Melbourne. The Masters Tournament’s switch to a Nov. 12-15 slot complicated logistics for non-Aussies to compete in the Australian Open, officials conceded. The PGA of Australia held out hope that the event could be played in January. “Unfortunately, it is not a simple matter of whether or not we could coordinate any international stars to visit," said Simon Brookhouse, Golf Australia’s operations manager. "The uncertainty of the quarantine requirements for any players coming from outside Australia needed to be considered. These requirements would undoubtedly have an impact on our homegrown heroes before they would be able to consider playing, too.” The Australian PGA Championship remains scheduled for Dec. 3-6 at Royal Queensland Golf Club in Brisbane.

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