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All Major Australian Golf Events Canceled Due To Pandemic

All Major Australian Golf Events Canceled Due To Pandemic

The Australian PGA Championship, Australian Open and Womens Australian Open have been canceled amid continuing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

MELBOURNE, Australia: The Australian PGA Championship, Australian Open and Womens Australian Open have been canceled amid continuing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

PGA of Australia chief executive Gavin Kirkman, ALPG chief executive Karen Lunn and Golf Australia chief executive James Sutherland confirmed Friday that all three events, which were to have been played in February, wont proceed.

Its unprecedented and a real blow for Australian golf and its fans, 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 weve 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 weve had to take.

Several 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 Kirkman said all options were unviable.

The Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship were originally scheduled for a late November and early December window, to be played at Melbournes Kingston Heath and Brisbanes Royal Queensland.

Both were postponed in recent months in the hope a late-summer time slot potentially near the Womens Australian Open would buy time for the men’s events.

But Kirkman said the impact of COVID-19, particularly with assembling international fields and ensuring the safety of players, spectators and officials, forced the decision.

It will be the first time since 1945, the final year of World War II, that the mens Open will not have been staged. Its the first time since 1995 that the PGA will not be played, and the first time since 2006 that the womens Open will not be contested.

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