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As expected, due to the mess in Australia over covid quarantine arrangements for overseas in-bound travellers, the Women's Australian Open has been cancelled (not postponed) for 2022. It was set for Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide in February 2022. The intent is to resume the playing of this event in early 2023. Looks as though Kooyonga is still keen to hold it which is good news, Kooyonga is a fantastic course and will be an excellent course for a women's open - it is not a brute length wise but nicely strategic and has challenging approach shots. Greens can be made quick. Terrific bunkering (reddish sand!). Very traditional Oz style of course. I lived in Adelaide and have played it numerous times, its a beauty!

 

The men's 2021 Australian Open is also cancelled. It was originally scheduled for Nov. 25-28 at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney but was postponed until early 2022. The intent is to resume the playing of this event in late 2022.

 

Some reaction: https://www.news.com.au/sport/golf/cameron-smith-adam-scott-among-aussies-upset-national-open-has-been-abandoned-again/news-story/1017a662bc2f2514b695cfb0bd70443d

 

May still be some hope for the Victorian Open to be played (the combined women's and men's event): "Golf Australia still intended to run the men’s and women’s Vic Open at 13th Beach on the Bellarine Peninsula from 10-13 February, albeit without international Tour sanctioning". 

 

https://www.golfaustralia.com.au/news/mens-and-womens-australian-opens-cancelled-571262

 

Naturally I hope the Vic Open does go ahead, love the event format and venue. With the covid mess here though and if no international sanctioning I am very doubtful.

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27 minutes ago, Raving Shanker said:

Oh...my sinking heart.

 

It might be better for the Vic Open if it didn't happen as well. Not many players are going to want to come half-way around the world to play in a $1.3m prize tournament. If it goes ahead it will be with a very weak field.

Absolutely and so disappointing, love the women's/men's format.

 

Are you a Kooyonga fan (you're in Adelaide, yes)?

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21 minutes ago, Rapidcat said:

Absolutely and so disappointing, love the women's/men's format.

 

Are you a Kooyonga fan (you're in Adelaide, yes)?

It's fabulous, of course, compared to the 2nd rate track I play as a member!! I've played it 5-6 times, and appreciated the wide fairways. Good players tell me it is very subtle, because whilst it is easy to hit fairways, birdies are a way trickier proposition. What would I know? I'm a hacker!

 

My biggest achievements on Kooie are a) treading on Greg Norman's ball b) Getting tapped on the arm and thanked by Cheyenne Woods and c) actually birdieing 17.

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2 hours ago, Raving Shanker said:

It's fabulous, of course, compared to the 2nd rate track I play as a member!! I've played it 5-6 times, and appreciated the wide fairways. Good players tell me it is very subtle, because whilst it is easy to hit fairways, birdies are a way trickier proposition. What would I know? I'm a hacker!

 

My biggest achievements on Kooie are a) treading on Greg Norman's ball b) Getting tapped on the arm and thanked by Cheyenne Woods and c) actually birdieing 17.

Your last sentence😄 So Cheyenne thanked you for standing on Greg's ball?....only joking.

 

Subtlety is a great description of Kooie, I think that brings out the best in the best. I've always found it a really enjoyable test of good golf. Royal Melbourne shares that subtlety and wider fairways as you can drive it to certain spots in the fairway and based on pin positions have problems even just making par with a mid iron in.

 

I was a member of Grange, have played all the main Adelaide clubs/courses many times....Royal Adelaide is close to my favourite course, golfing heaven. Glenelg was also good but haven't played it for some years and know it has been remodelled.

 

Adelaide is seriously under-rated as a golfing destination but so many great choices in Oz.

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21 hours ago, KBong said:

So will the tennis AO be cancelled or if played with no fans?

It is scheduled for January 17-30, 2022. Melbourne is coming out of lockdown in staged process from later this month that I expect will stretch into early next year before returning normal/complete (or close to) freedom of movements, eg things like masks may still be required in some circumstances.

 

I doubt that it will be cancelled but the strength of the field will be largely determined by a weakening of quarantine regs, currently 14 days in isolation facilities, the players last year hated that. Should have plenty of fans allowed by then, maybe not 100% capacity but 100% still possible.

 

I'd rate it at 70% going ahead with acceptable quarantine arrangements and enough fans for a decent tournament.

 

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On 10/15/2021 at 9:16 AM, KBong said:

So will the tennis AO be cancelled or if played with no fans?


It will still go on I would imagine. Lots more riding on Television rights for the AO than for 2 golfing events. 
 

They might as well cancel the Vic Open. No point in flying across the world for the smallest “full field” purse. 
 

I smell another drive on event in Ocala to make it the Florida Triad. The LPGA might turn a profit with as much walk-up traffic as they got when there was an event there.

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On 10/16/2021 at 5:03 PM, KBong said:

When I think of Triad....I think of this...hey I'm Chinese.🤣

 

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Anthony Kim?🤣

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On 10/16/2021 at 10:49 PM, Rapidcat said:

It is scheduled for January 17-30, 2022. Melbourne is coming out of lockdown in staged process from later this month that I expect will stretch into early next year before returning normal/complete (or close to) freedom of movements, eg things like masks may still be required in some circumstances.

 

I doubt that it will be cancelled but the strength of the field will be largely determined by a weakening of quarantine regs, currently 14 days in isolation facilities, the players last year hated that. Should have plenty of fans allowed by then, maybe not 100% capacity but 100% still possible.

 

I'd rate it at 70% going ahead with acceptable quarantine arrangements and enough fans for a decent tournament.

 

Further info:

Australian Open: Unvaccinated players 'unlikely' to be allowed to compete

Players who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 are unlikely to be allowed into the country for the Australian Open, says the leader of the state in which the tournament is held.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/58964622

 

Bye Bye Novak.

 

Back to golf....

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"They might as well cancel the Vic Open. No point in flying across the world for the smallest “full field” purse."

The no vaccine no play stance will also impact the field. Cancellation highly likely.

 

Oz will be a dogs breakfast for sporting events in 2022H1....April's Melbourne Grand Prix, what about any unvaccinated drivers considering the Oz tennis open as noted above?

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15 hours ago, JaNelson38 said:

Boy, it hasnt taken long for Austrailia to decend from one of the best places on Earth back to its roots of an isolated prison colony.

 

There may well never be an international sporting event held there ever again.  Not joking. I certainly wouldn't trust to put on any event there anymore.  And if these events even were to resume, you're no longer getting any talented PGA Tour types who don't hail from Austrailia to play there now.   I feel bad for any talented Aussie golfers who wish to make it to the PGA Tour type of stage, but they best find a way out of that country now.


What a shame.

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