Citing that the tournament is undergoing a "reimagining" process, the Australian Masters has been canceled.
“To best execute a change of this scale, IMG today announced that the Australian Masters will not be played in 2016," said David Rollo, vice president-director of golf. “IMG will unveil its new plans for the event in the coming months.”
The event, which along with the PGA and Open makes up the Australian Triple Crown, has been around since 1979. The revised golf calendar thanks to the sport's return to the Olympics, as well as the World Cup of Golf coming to Kingston Heath, are primary reasons for the cancelation. Dwindling crowd numbers were also a factor: After bringing in Tiger Woods in 2009 and 2010, tournament officials struggled to attract star players to the event.
Past winners of the Masters' gold jacket include Woods, Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Greg Norman, who won the tournament a record six times.