THREE big weeks of Aussie golf concludes this week with the Australian PGA Championship at the RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast.
There’s quite a good field that includes the Aussie World Cup team of Adam Scott and Marc Leishman, the always colourful Englishman Ian Poulter, Olympians Scott Hend and Marcus Fraser, top Kiwi Danny Lee and many more well known names.
World number seven Adam Scott has seemed a little out of sorts for the past two weeks at the big events in Sydney and Melbourne – for whatever reason – but we have a feeling he may bounce back in his familiar Queensland surroundings.
Another we are predicting a big week for is boom amateur Curtis Luck, who had a bold showing at Royal Sydney a couple of weeks ago but had to publicly admit, when asked, that he would rather win the PGA than the Aussie Open.
The simple reason wasn’t that he didn’t rate the national title and the Stonehaven Cup, but for very good practical purposes the PGA was the one to win for many aspiring Aussie golfers.
That is because the tournament is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and a win opens all sorts of potentially career changing opportunities over the next few years.
That was certainly the case for defending champion Nathan Holman whose win last year catapulted him onto the European Tour this year where he has been on a steep learning curve.
“It’s obviously been a very big learning experience for me. I started off pretty well but during the middle and towards the end of the year I didn’t bring my best golf, so it was disappointing to have not played as well as I would’ve liked,” Holman said when returning to Royal Pines this week.
“I have matured a lot. Playing on the European Tour and playing some world golf championships, the British Open… you start to mature.
“You play with some really great players throughout the year, and try to pick a few things from them and learn a little bit along the way. I definitely come back this year as a more mature golfer.”
Nathan Holman returns to defend PGA title: Video
Round 1 featured groups for the Australian PGA Championship include:
6:10am Curtis Luck (am), Greg Chalmers, Adam Scott – 10th
6:20am Nick Cullen, Jaco Van Zyl, Stephen Gallacher – 10th
6:30am Danny Lee, Marc Leishman, John Senden – 10th
11:15am Rod Pampling, Ian Poulter, Nathan Holman – 1st
11:25am Scott Hend, Harold Varner III, Marcus Fraser – 1st
Full field and tee timesPGA TEE TIMES
Live coverage on the Seven Network over the four days (AEDT)
Thursday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Friday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday, 12:00pm – 5.00pm
Sunday, 12:00pm – 5.00pm
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Soniq Million Dollar Hole
For those attending the event the Soniq Million Dollar Hole will bring some added excitement, as well as the other added entertainements and events planned for the week. Details here from our previous story