Scott to headline Australian PGA field

Adam Scott celebrates with his 2013 US Masters green jacket. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Adam Scott after his US Masters win. Photo: Scott K. Brown

Australian PGA Championship organisers have completed a major coup, with US Masters champion Adam Scott confirming he will play in his home-town tournament on the Gold Coast in November.

In a move certain to fill the fairways at the tournament’s new home of Royal Pines, Scott will tee off for the first time in Australia since breaking Australia’s 77-year Masters drought by claiming the Green Jacket at Augusta National.

Scott has already confirmed he will play at Royal Melbourne from November 14 to defend his Australian Masters title but Queensland fans will get the first look at the world number three, whose stocks have soared through the roof since his Augusta triumph.

With the event moving from Coolum to a new base at Royal Pines, they could scarcely have asked for a better drawcard to kickstart the domestic summer of golf.

“To be able to play at home at Royal Pines is going to be a lot of fun. All my friends and family will be out there so it’s going to be exciting way to start,” Scott said as he prepared for this week’s US Open.

“The Gold Coast has been so supportive of me my whole career so it’s a good chance for me to hopefully go out and say thanks to them and play well.

“The PGA is an amazing event – the history of winners there is Australia’s finest and I’d certainly like to put my name on that trophy.”

The PGA will no doubt capitalise on Scott’s inclusion in the field and his name should help them draw some more marquee additions to the Gold Coast.

“The significance of Adam’s victory is immense and we’re very excited to welcome him home to the Gold Coast,” said PGA chief executive Brian Thorburn.

“To have Adam contend our Championship for its return to the Gold Coast is a wonderful opportunity, and we’re sure the fans will come out in their thousands to congratulate Scotty.”

Scott would love to add the Joe Kirkwood Cup to his collection, with his best finish a fourth in 2011. His wins on home turf are the 2012 Masters and the 2009 Australian Open.

Previous winners of the Australian PGA include Kel Nagle, Peter Thomson, Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman.

More recent Champions include Geoff Ogilvy (2008,) Robert Allenby (2000, 2001, 2005 & 2009,) Peter Senior (2010), Greg Chalmers (2011) and last year’s Cinderella story, Victoria’s Daniel Popovic.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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