GREG NORMAN, Geoff Ogilvy and defending champion Greg Chalmers have confirmed they will return to be part of the golfing mix at the 2012 Australian PGA Championship at the Palmer Coolum Resort this December.
Tickets for the event, held from December 13 – 16, have just gone on sale and further player announcements are expected in coming weeks.
The relaxed, family friendly atmosphere at Coolum has made the tournament a popular end of year event for both players and spectators.
Norman is one of those looking forward to returning to play in his home state.
“Queensland is home to some wonderful golf courses, and it’s always great to get back to Coolum and catch up with friends and family. It should be another great tournament,” the Shark said this week. Norman has won the championship twice, in 1984 and 1985.
Chalmers is also itching to get back to the event after his dramatic three-man playoff victory over Marcus Fraser and four-time Australian PGA Champion Robert Allenby last year.
It was the 38-year-old West Australian’s second consecutive tournament win on home soil following his victory at the Emirates Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney.
“Last year was such a rush. To win two of our country’s biggest titles in a season was an extremely satisfying achievement,” said Chalmers.
“There aren’t many better places to play golf and bring the family on Tour than Coolum. I’m really looking forward to finishing the year off back there and hopefully putting on another good show.”
After the scheduling changes caused by the Presidents Cup last year, the Australian PGA Championship will be returning to its traditional timeslot as the final event on both the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia 2012 calendars.
“Last year’s Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola was the most successful staged in recent history, attracting a world-class field and record television viewership,” said Brian Thorburn, Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of Australia.
“With the continued support of players and partners, including Events Queensland and Coca-Cola Amatil, we look forward to yet another successful Australian PGA Championship that will carry on the great tradition of this event.”
This is the 13th consecutive year the event, to be televised locally on the TEN network, will be held in Queensland.
Daily and season tickets are now on sale, with children 16 years and under again admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Golf fans can save money by getting in early and pre-purchasing tickets by 5pm Wednesday 12 December from Ticketek.