October 16, 2020
Major Australian Events Cancelled due to Coronavirus
News, Professional Golf
Australian Open, Aus PGA and Women's Australian Open all cancelled due to coronavirus. The PGA of Australia, ALPG Tour and Golf Australia issued a joint-statement confirming the three cancellations.
The Australian Open has been cancelled for the first time since World War Two due to coronavirus, with the Australian PGA Championship and Women’s Australian Open also no longer taking place. The event was originally set to be held in late November at Kingston Heath in Melbourne, with the Australian PGA then due to take place in December at Royal Queensland in Brisbane.
Both tournaments were initially postponed in the hope they could be rescheduled for early 2021, around the time the Women's Australian Open is traditionally held in February, but all three events will now not be held because of the impact of Covid-19.
"It's unprecedented and a real blow for Australian golf and its fans," PGA of Australia chief executive Gavin Kirkman said.
"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. We look forward to bringing all three tournaments alive again when they return as normal for summer 2021-22."
A raft of measures were considered - including players entering a hub and competing while serving a strict quarantine period, as well as restricting crowd numbers and movement - but all options were unviable.
It will be the first time since 1945 that the men's Open will not have been staged, the first time since 1995 that the Australian PGA won't take place and the first time since 2006 that the Women's Open will not be contested.
Matt Jones is defending Australian Open champion and Adam Scott won last year's Australian PGA, while Inbee Park secured her 20th LPGA Tour title at the Women's Australian Open in February.