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Australian Open Golf Tournament Postponed

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olf Australia has announced the Australian Open competition will be postponed and will be not take place until early 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Golf Australia operations manager, Simon Brookhouse, said he is hopeful the tournament will still take place in the Australian summer, but won’t be possible in 2020.

“These are very challenging times for all Australians and the uncertainty the global pandemic has caused makes it very difficult to be definitive in relation to future dates at this time,” Brookhouse said.

“Unfortunately, it is not a simple matter of whether or not we could coordinate any international stars to visit.

“The uncertainty of the quarantine requirements for any players coming from outside Australia needed to be considered,” he said.

Tournaments director Australasia, Nick Dastey, said the rescheduled event will likely take place in early 2021.

“It’s disappointing to have to come to these sorts of decisions,” Dastey said.

“Given the uncertainty around international travel restrictions and the impact of COVID-19 around the world, we have put the health and safety of all those who bring this tournament to life first.

“We will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to find a suitable date early next year,” he said.

The postponement of the tournament marks the latest sporting event to be affected by the increase of COVID-19 cases in Victoria, with the state recently implementing strict lockdown rules and laws requiring all people to wear face masks when leaving their homes.

The Australian Open golf tournament was scheduled to be held in November at the Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne, with the postponement also meaning the Australian All Abilities Championship will be delayed as part of the Australian Open field.