AUSTRALIA can enjoy a third week of sensational tournament golf with the 2011 Australian PGA Championship getting underway on Thursday.
Coming after the star-studded Australian Open in Sydney and the Presidents Cup showdown in Melbourne, Coolum will revel in one of the best PGA fields in years.
High profile participants include Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, British Open winner Darren Clarke, YE Yang, Presidents Cup stand-out KT Kim, and Australians Greg Norman, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley, John Senden and Robert Allenby.
Then there’s defending champion Peter Senior, fresh from a very successful year on the US Champions Tour.
Senior has apparently been telling friends the $61 odds on him retaining the title are well worth a flutter.
“I have never been one to come and say ‘yeah, I’m playing great and I know I’m going to win it’. I hate saying it cause normally it comes back to bite you on the backside,” Senior said.
“The way I am playing at the moment, I have told my friends to have a little wager. I’m driving the ball well, I have had a lot of good iron shots and it will all come down to how well I putt this week. This is a course that really suits me. I’ve always played reasonably well around here.”
The PGA Championship is also the last event of the year on the OneAsia tour, with the current money list leader Australia’s Andre Stolz.
“At the start of the year I was not thinking about the Order of Merit,” said Stolz, who has amassed US$449,074 in eight events. “Winning a money list anywhere in the world is a great achievement and it would be nice to win this one.”
2011 Australian PGA Championship TV Times
The event is being broadcast on the Ten Network with coverage on ONE HD on Thursday and Friday (1pm to 6pm) and on Ten on the weekend (12pm to 5pm).2011 Australian PGA Championship Leaderboard