Australian Open Golf suspended indefinitely because of coronavirus

The Australian Open, the oldest and most prestigious golf tournament in the world, was postponed in November due to COVID-19 from its scheduled staging, organizers said on Tuesday. Golf Australia had intended to stage the 105th edition later this year at Melbourne’s Kingston Heath Golf Club but is now looking at other dates early in 2021, the governing body said.

Melbourne is in the midst of a six-week lockout as officials battle a surge in COVID-19 infections. The 2020 tournament was to be the first out of Sydney staged in 15 years. “We would like to think we could still play the Australian Open this summer and will work with … Kingston Heath Golf Club to find a date suitable for all,” Golf Australia’s Brookhouse said.

“However, it may have to be in the January-March 2021 window with so many variables still to play out.” Last year’s Australian Matt Jones won the tournament at The Australian Golf Club.