The COVID-19 pandemic has caused yet more difficulties in the world of sport with recent cancellations of the PGA, Golf Australia and the ALPG. The group got together to make a statement where by they confirmed that their respective tournaments would not be proceeding this season.
The last time the Australian Open was forced to close shop, was back in World War II. Initially, the three tournaments were to be postponed to February 2021, when the Women's Australian Open is traditionally held, however, the decision was made to cancel them altogether because of the devastating effects of the Coronavirus.
Gavin Kirkman, the Chief Executive of the PGA, reported that it was “Real blow for Australian golf and fans”. He went on to say that they had spent months deliberating with the authorities and partners over how to put on all three events safely and at a level of world class professionalism synonymous with the tournaments.
Although they came up with some alternatives, unfortunately the decision to cancel had to be taken and they are now looking forward to coming back bigger and better in summer 2021/22.