Scott, Norman and Pavin amongst Australian PGA lineup
BY iseekgolf.com | Australasian PGA Tour | 2004 Australian PGA Championship | General | 19 Oct 2004
Organisers of the Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship at Hyatt Regency Coolum sent journalists running for their history books when they announced the field for this year’s event, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
World number 11, Adam Scott, defending champion, Peter Senior, US Tour winner Craig Parry, Kiwi star Michael Campbell, and the prospect of old foes, Greg Norman, Corey Pavin and Stephen Leaney meeting again, whet the appetites of the golfing historians.
“We are delighted for the third year running at Hyatt Regency Coolum, to present a field of the absolute highest quality and interest”, said President of SFX Sports Golf, Tony Roosenburg.
“To have the continuing support of Adam Scott, who in my mind will be at the forefront of international golf for years to come and Greg Norman is a huge boost for Queensland, the Sunshine Coast and our new title sponsor, Cadbury Schweppes. Greg’s record in the PGA is exceptional and he seems to reserve his best for homecomings. It is also an absolute pleasure to have Corey Pavin return for the first time since 1998 and join defending champion, Peter Senior, Michael Campbell, Craig Parry and World Number 52, Stephen Leaney”.
Cadbury Schweppes Managing Director, Mark Smith is also delighted that this year’s Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship had attracted such a quality field.
“This top class array of golfing talent is a great start to our five-year naming rights sponsorship deal with Australia’s oldest professional golf tournament. It is a sponsorship representing the culmination of a 15 year relationship with the PGA. Cadbury Schweppes is very excited about the opportunity to grow both our business and Australian golf through this partnership.”
Greg Norman needs no reminding of the talents of Corey Pavin and likewise Corey Pavin need not be told about the precision game of Stephen Leaney. Could it be that organisers would dare suggest to the PGA Tour that they are grouped together in rounds 1 and 2.
It was 1995 when Pavin entered the last round of the US Open at Shinneock Hills, three strokes adrift of the Shark. A final round of 68 saw Pavin prevail by two, sweet revenge for 1994 when Norman trailed he and Faldo by a shot at Royal St George’s only to close with a 64 and take his second British Open.
Stephen Leaney’s memories of a last group shootout with Pavin are more fulfilling. It was 1998 at Royal Queensland when Leaney’s putter ran hot to charge home over the top of him and take the ANZ Players Championship.
The Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship will be played at Hyatt Regency Coolum from 2-5 December. For tickets call the PGA Hotline on 1800 009 499.
Source – PGA Australia