QUEENSLANDERSGreg Norman and Jason Day will join World No. 13 Bubba Watson at the Hyatt Regency Coolum on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast when the PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola tees off from November 24-27, 2011.
In what is shaping up as the biggest ever season for the PGA Tour of Australasia, boosted this year by the playing of the Presidents Cup in Melbourne, the world-class trio are the first of many player announcements for the Queensland event.
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said having a Queensland sporting icon like Norman and another star Queensland player like Day coming to play on home soil was fantastic news for local fans.
Today’s announcement holds great significance for the PGA Championship of which Norman is a two-time champion.
“It’s been several years since I’ve been able to play up at Coolum, and this particular year, coincides with a very important milestone for the PGA in its Centenary.”
“It’s going to be a huge summer for Australian golf, including the PGA at Coolum. It will be great to get back up there and see how the course has changed since I last played.”
Norman will tee off in this year’s event two weeks after playing in the Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney. Also already announced for Sydney for the 10 -13 of November are Norman’s fellow Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples, Watson and Dustin Johnson.
At the other end of the spectrum, Day will play the PGA Championship for the very first time since he turned professional in 2006.
“I’m really excited about coming back to Queensland and playing the PGA at Coolum,” said Day, who is currently Australia’s highest world ranked player at No. 9.
“This year will be big. It’s going to be a great field and I’m looking forward to playing well in front of my friends and family and all the young golf fans.”
Also announced today, Bubba Watson is the first international player to confirm he will play in the championship. Watson, who has become a regular fixture in the world’s top 15, will play Coolum for the first time since 2005.
“I’ve played up in Queensland once before and it was a great atmosphere. My game has come a long way since then so hopefully I can get back there and finish the year off well,” said Watson.Brian Thorburn, Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of Australia, said he is extremely happy with how plans for this year’s PGA Championship, and indeed the entire PGA Tour of Australasia season, are progressing.