Team behind NZ Open ‘determined’ as tournament postponed to end of March
Tournament President John Hart said the 102nd Open, which was due to take place in late February, has been rescheduled for the Millbrook Resort in Arrowtown, between March 31 and April 3, to allow the best possible ground to compete and give the tournament the best chance to be staged.
Due to Covid-19, the Open has not taken place this year – the first time it has been canceled since the war.
Committing to it, without the certainty of a Transtasmanic bubble, could have resulted in a loss of $ 4 million for the sole co-organizer of the Millbrook Resort tournament if Covid-19 forced New Zealand, or part of it. , to lock.
However, pulling the pin has resulted in a loss of millions of dollars to the local economy, both through direct and indirect spending.
Hart said tournament organizers have worked with the PGA Tour of Australia and the Asian Tour to ensure their calendars can accommodate a full game round for players, while recognizing current border restrictions.
The Australian Open and the Australian PGA Championship had already been rescheduled, from November-December to January-February, and Hart said it was essential for the New Zealand Open to reduce any potential conflict for players. traveling between countries.
“This new date avoids any tournament conflicts for players, and while we are not certain at this time, we hope that travel and quarantine restrictions and alert levels at that time will allow greater freedom of travel between Australia and New Zealand, and hopefully even further a field.
“We are fully committed to hosting the New Zealand Open next year at any level possible, subject to Covid restrictions.
“At a time when event after event is canceled, tournament underwriters, Millbrook Resort, are determined to do everything possible to host the New Zealand Open in 2022, hopefully donating to Queenstown and the large region of Otago, which suffered seriously during this Covid pandemic, a much needed economic boost. ”
The Open will be played over 36 holes at Millbrook, including nine new holes opened by the end of the year, and will be broadcast by Sky Sport and various networks overseas.
Hart said the date change will only apply to the 2022 event and that organizers intend to host the 103rd Open in February 2023.