Australia Open cancelled for first time since World War II

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Houston Open to allow limited number of golf spectators

For the first time since the Players Championship was canceled in March after one round, the PGA Tour will allow a limited number of spectators at a USA event during next month's Houston Open. The daily ticket cost is $79 for Thursday's opening round and $109 a day for Friday through Sunday. The tickets will be color coded to correspond with the grab and go food and beverage pickup locations.

"It's unprecedented and a real blow for Australian golf and its fans", PGA of Australia chief executive Gavin Kirkman said in a news release.

The Tour and event organisers said they have been working with Texas health officials to come up with a plan to allow 2,000 fans a day to Memorial Park Golf Course.

All fans, volunteers, and essential staff must wear masks at all times while on the property, except while actively eating or drinking.

The tournament has received commitments from Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Day and Tony Finau.

Lanto Griffin, who captured his first PGA TOUR victory here previous year, is set to defend his title.

A final-hole albatross saw Robert Karlsson jump inside the top 10, while Jim Furyk - a two-time victor on the PGA Tour Champions this season - posted back-to-back eagles on his way to a three-under 69. The 105th edition of the country's oldest and most prestigious tournament, scheduled to take place at Melbourne's Kingston Heath Golf Club, had already been postponed from its usual slot in November. The long-running event will be contested the week before the Masters Tournament. The event returns to Memorial Park Golf Course for the first time since 1963.

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