SYDNEY – The men’s and women’s Australian Open golf tournaments fell victim to the coronavirus pandemic Thursday, with both cancelled due to travel restrictions.
It is the second year in a row that the men’s Australian Open has not been played.
Won previously by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Rory McIlroy, it was cancelled in 2020 for the first time since 1945.
But Golf Australia said it still intended to run the innovative Vic Open from February 10-13, although without international sanctioning.
The tournament, the only one on the world’s professional golf tours where men and women tee off in alternate groups on the same course, is usually joint-sanctioned by the men’s European Tour and women’s LPGA Tour.
The Australian PGA Championship is also set to go ahead in Queensland from January 13-16.
Australia’s international borders remain closed to most travellers, although earlier this month Canberra announced plans to ease the restrictions “within weeks” as 80 percent vaccination targets are met.