SYDNEY: This yr’s Australian Open Golf Championship was postponed Tuesday due to the coronavirus pandemic however officers stated they have been hoping to restage the occasion early in 2021. Melbourne’s Kingston Heath Golf Membership had been resulting from host the […]
Melbourne’s Kingston Heath Golf Membership had been resulting from host the 105th version of the historic championship, the world’s fifth oldest skilled golf event, in November.
However with the nation battling a surge in COVID-19 instances and the sport’s stars going through main tournaments moved to later in 2020, Golf Australia operations supervisor Simon Brookhouse stated they might as a substitute have a look at a “January to March 2021 window”.
The US Masters, initially scheduled for April, will now be performed in Augusta from November 12-15.
Coupled with COVID-19 journey restrictions and quarantine measures, meaning it will be virtually inconceivable to assemble a world-class discipline in Melbourne.
“Sadly, it isn’t a easy matter of whether or not or not we may co-ordinate any worldwide stars to go to,” Brookhouse stated.
“The uncertainty of the quarantine necessities for any gamers coming from exterior Australia wanted to be thought-about,” he stated, noting that the restrictions would additionally affect Australian gamers at present abroad.
“These are very difficult instances for all Australians and the uncertainty the worldwide pandemic has triggered makes it very troublesome to be definitive in relation to future dates right now,” Brookhouse stated.
Australia closed its borders to most worldwide travellers in March to curb the unfold of COVID-19, though exceptions have been made for some skilled athletes who comply with quarantine for 14 days.
Whereas many of the nation has efficiently contained the epidemic, Melbourne is struggling to regulate a second wave of the virus, closing practically all journey into town and surrounding Victoria state.
Final yr’s Australian Open in Sydney was stricken by smoke from unprecedented bushfires. It was received by Australia’s Matt Jones.
The postponement means 2020 would be the first yr since World Battle II wherein the Australian Open won’t be held.