The 2021 Australian Open and the 2022 Ladies’s Australian Open have been cancelled because the COVID-19 pandemic continues to play havoc with worldwide journey plans.
Golf Australia introduced the robust resolution on Thursday, saying it will start planning for a return of the 2 Opens within the 2022-23 summer season of golf.
It is the second straight yr Australia’s flagship golf tournaments have been cancelled due to coronavirus.
This yr’s version of the lads’s match – which has been received by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Participant, Peter Thomson and Greg Norman – was first scheduled for November 25-28 at The Australian Golf Membership in Sydney, then postponed till early in 2022.
The Ladies’s Australian Open was set for Kooyonga Golf Membership in Adelaide in February, 2022.
“The choice has not been made calmly however we consider it to be the suitable final result underneath the present circumstances,” Golf Australia chief James Sutherland mentioned.
“The worldwide aspect means shifting quarantine and journey restrictions wreak havoc on planning and, with our marquee gamers dwelling overseas, the problem is even better.
“The strain and danger on host venues and organisers can also be excessive – these are small companies who’ve already confronted enormous disruption because of the pandemic.”
Golf Australia common supervisor for occasions and operations Therese Magdulski mentioned it turned more and more obvious because the match dates loomed that it will not be doable to run them due to the restrictions in place.
Magdulski added that public well being issues and continued uncertainty over journey additionally performed their half because the virus continues to flare round Australia.
“Once we determined again in June that we might attempt to get these tournaments to run once more, we weren’t even coping with the Delta variant,” she mentioned.
“All the things’s modified since then, and it will probably change once more.
“Ultimately, these are extremely onerous choices and it is terribly disappointing for everybody within the business, however we have tried onerous to make it occur, and it has not come collectively as we would like.”
The Australian PGA Championship now headlines the Australasia Tour schedule.
It will likely be performed at Royal Queensland from January 13-16.
The summer season schedule contains the PGA Championship, three Webex Gamers Sequence occasions and a variety of State PGA Championships and State Opens.
“Whereas it is disappointing to lose these tournaments for the second yr in a row, we’ll proceed to work collectively to ship an thrilling schedule of native tournaments throughout the summer season,” Sutherland mentioned.