Australia’s three largest golf tournaments on Friday contracted a coronavirus-wide pandemic across the country (or continent). The men’s and women’s Australian Open and PGA Championships will all be played in February, no longer happening. After 14545, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Rory McClory will not leave the men’s Open. “This is an unprecedented and real blow to Australian golf and its fans,” Australia’s PGA said after Gavin Kirkman, Australia’s chief executive, called it a “perfect consultation for months.”
Australia has closed international borders to most travelers as part of a nationwide (or continental) crackdown on coronaviruses, and people traveling between certain states and territories in the country may also be subject to a two-week isolation.
PGA officials considered a number of options to cope with the restrictions, including allowing players to enter the hub and compete during rigorous upbringing periods, as well as restricting crowd numbers and movement. But in the end, nothing worked.
“Despite many contingency plans, they have reached a point where decisions have to be made, and this unfortunately had to play its part,” Kirkman said.
The Australian Open and PGA Championships were originally held in Melbourne’s Kingston Heath and Brisbane’s Royal Queensland in late November and early December, respectively.
The two have been pushed back in recent months in the hope that the women will buy time for the feast near the Australian Open – possibly a time slot in late summer.
But the results of Covid-1 of, especially the consolidation of the international arena and ensuring the safety of the players, spectators and officials, played a major role in the organizers.
“We hope to keep all three tournaments alive when they return to normal in the 2022-22 summer for you,” Kirkman said.