(Reuters) – Australia has postponed its biggest golf tournaments to 2022 due to COVID-19, organisers said on Friday.
The Australian PGA Championship will be moved from a December slot to Jan. 13-16 in Brisbane, while the Nov. 25-28 Australian Open in Sydney has been pushed back to late-January or February.
“These decisions are not taken lightly when we are talking about our flagship tournaments that are playing opportunities for our members,” PGA of Australia boss Gavin Kirkman said in a statement.
“But as much as the number of COVID-19 cases is a big concern, it’s also the quarantine requirements that make it difficult to run golf tournaments.
“Not all countries require international visitors to quarantine — America for example — and that puts Australia at a disadvantage in an international sport.”
Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s largest cities, and the capital…