It is undoubtedly a real blow for the Australian Golf and the fans.
"Together we held extensive consultations with all relevant authorities and our sanction partners for months to try to run all three events safely and at the world-class level to which we have all become accustomed".
Golf Australia has announced that it's aborted plans to reschedule the summer's premier three events, reluctantly cancelling the Australian PGA Championship, Australian Open and Women's Australian Open.
Both were postponed in recent months in the hope a late-summer timeslot would buy time to host the tournaments. It's the first time since 1995 that the PGA will not be played, and the first time since 2006 that the women's Open will not be contested. Few noted champions were Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Rory McIlroy. The officials said multiple contingency plans have been devised, but the point to take decision to cancel the championship and open has come regrettably. "We look forward to bringing all three tournaments alive again when they return as normal for summer 2021-22".
A raft of measures were considered - including players entering a hub and competing while serving a strict quarantine period, as well as restricting crowd numbers and movement - but no options were viable.
Golf Australia boss James Sutherland said the decisions to cancel due to the impacts of COVID-19 were made with a heavy heart given the tournaments' history and global significance.
Matt Jones is defending Australian Open champion and Adam Scott won last year's Australian PGA, while Inbee Park secured her 20th LPGA Tour title at the Women's Australian Open in February.
Sutherland said the decisions - made in consultation with staging partner SPORTFIVE - were taken with an incredibly heavy heart given the tournaments' history and worldwide significance.
"On the advice of relevant domestic government authorities and, with consideration for the global nature of our fields and partners, the call was made with the health and wellbeing of the golfing community as the priority". Given the current quarantine restrictions, we believe that the field strength of all three events will be severely affected.
The events should take place in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.
The Australian PGA Championship is one of three major events that have been scrapped.