Rory Sabbatini returns to Coolum 2012

Sabbatini: “A great way to finish the year.”

RORY SABBATINI has been confirmed as the latest international golfer heading to Coolum to play the 2012 Australian PGA Championship.

It will be the second Aussie trip for the South African, who last played this event in 2007.

On that occasion, Sabbatini led the tournament at the 54 hole mark only to struggle through the back nine as prolific PGA Champion Peter Lonard went on to clinch the title.

“That was five years ago now, and I’m looking forward to heading back to Australia,” Sabbatini said this week.

“It’s been an up and down year for me, but the Australian PGA will be a great way to finish off the year.”

The six time PGA TOUR title holder’s last victory came at the 2011 Honda Classic, however he has come close in 2012 finishing in a tie for second at the Memorial Tournament, won by Tiger Woods.

Also announced today as additions to the field were two of Australia’s most successful professionals during 2012 so far, Marc Leishman and Brendan Jones.

A consistent performer on Tour in 2012, Leishman claimed his first PGA TOUR title this year at the Travelers Championship in June.

Jones has likewise been successful this season, adding his 12th Japan Tour title to his collection at the 2012 Token Homemate Cup.

The trio adds to a strong line up at Palmer Coolum Resort that will also include defending champion Greg Chalmers, Darren Clarke, Greg Norman, Geoff Ogilvy, John Senden and Robert Allenby.

Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia, said players and organisers alike are all looking forward to the final PGA Tour of Australasia tournament of the year.

“Back in its traditional position as the final tournament on our calendar, there is a lot of excitement building around the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola,” said Thorburn.

“The ongoing success of this tournament has been testament to the support of not only the tournament players, but our sponsors, and we are again looking forward to the next chapter in the tournament’s history.”

The Australian PGA Championship will be played from December 13-16, the week directly after the Australian Open at The Lakes in Sydney.

Tickets are available from Ticketek.

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