Australian Open, Women’s Australian Open cancelled

Golf Australia has announced that the 2021 Men’s Australian Open and the 2022 Women’s Australian Open have been cancelled for this season.

Planning will now begin to bring Golf Australia’s flagship tournaments back on the calendar for 2022-2023.

Matt Jones Matt Jones will remain the defending Australian Open champion for one more year (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“The decision has not been made lightly but we believe it to be the right outcome under the current circumstances,” said Golf Australia CEO James Sutherland.

“The international element means shifting quarantine and travel restrictions wreak havoc on planning and, with our marquee players living abroad, the challenge is even greater.”

Initially, the Australian Open was due to be played from November 25-28 at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney before being postponed last month until early 2022. The Women’s Australian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the LPGA and LET, was set for Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide next February.

The Australian PGA Championship, which will be played at Royal Queensland for the first time in 20 years, remains in its rescheduled time slot in mid-January 2022.

Golf Australia also confirmed that they are working towards staging the Vic Open in its original time slot (Feb 2022) but without any international tour co-sanctioning.