Australian PGA, Australian Open and Women’s Australian Open will not be played in early 2021, Golf Australia announces, citing the COVID-19 pandemic
Canceled: By Golf Australia, the nation’s premier men’s and women’s tournaments, the agency announced in a news release, citing the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Foremost among the cancellations, the Australian PGA, the Australian Open and the Women’s Australian Open will not be played as scheduled in February in the Southern Hemisphere’s summer. “It’s unprecedented and a real blow for Australian golf and its fans,” said Gavin Kirkman, the PGA of Australia’s chief executive. “We have collectively spent months in exhaustive consultation with all relevant authorities and our sanctioning partners to try to find a way to stage all three events safely and at that world-class level to which we’ve all become accustomed. But even with multiple contingency plans, it has reached a point where decisions have to be made and this, regrettably, is the one we’ve had to take.” The Australian Open and the Australian PGA, the premier events on the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule and an annual attraction for many of the world’s top players, had been rescheduled from their usual late November/early December dates to buy some time during the pandemic. It will be the first time since the final year of World War II, in 1945, that the Australian Open will not be held. The Australian PGA was last canceled in 1995, and the Women’s Australian Open, which is part of the LPGA schedule, was last scrubbed in 2006.
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