PGA lines up the stars at Hyatt Coolum
BY iseekgolf.com | Australasian PGA Tour | 2004 Australian PGA Championship | General | 12 Nov 2004
Once again the Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship at Hyatt Regency Coolum on the Sunshine Coast has delivered an exceptional field to the Australian golfing public. Today it was announced by Tournament Director Rod Leembruggen that Australians Peter Lonard and Nick O’Hern, Kiwi Michael Campbell and Texan Bob Estes will join an outstanding line up of international and local talent. Attached for your reference is the Championship field.
“Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Corey Pavin, Stephen Leaney, Rod Pampling, Craig Parry, John Senden and defending Champion Peter Senior have already signed on and to add the next four players today is just fantastic. Australian players have dominated circuits like the Nationwide Tour, we have had multiple winners on the US PGA Tour and the Australians in Europe have been very consistent. Estes and Pavin will have their work cut out to win against our best, however you can never count out players of their quality” Leembruggen said.
Bob Estes, ranked 81 in the world and a four time winner on the very tough US Tour will be making his first trip to Coolum. A fitness fanatic whose personal trainer is a world class pole vaulter, Estes should be well suited to the hot conditions expected at the Hyatt, whilstMichael Campbell will be looking to rediscover some of the form that has previously taken him to the upper echelon in world golf.
“Michael’s form has been very up and down through this season” Leembruggen said. “He would be very disappointed with 2004; however I hope we have the winning formula. He has played in approximately six events that I have directed, won two, finished second at his first start as a professional and never finished lower than twentieth. He is a wonderful talent and back in the right time zone will be hard to hold out”.
Lonard and O’Hern need no introduction to the crowds at Coolum. Two years ago, Lonard holed a monster put on the 18th green to tie Jarrod Moseley and O’Hern posted his first Tour win with victory in the Coolum Classic of 1999. The only major title in Australia that has eluded Lonard has been the rich Heineken Classic but there is no doubt with his international form, that it may be just a matter of time. O’Hern has been a solid if not spectacular performer in Europe throughout the season posting numerous top ten finishes – a win at Coolum would be the perfect finish to 2004.
“Hyatt Regency is the perfect venue at this time of the year. The players have endured a long season and the venue allows families to join them and enjoy the atmosphere. It’s serious golf, but it is also a serious party,” said Leembruggen.
“Once again we will be joined by a host of celebrities from musicians both young and old, Olympic athletes and swimmers to media stars. It’s going to be quite a week. Queensland is home to many of the players and for the likes of Greg Norman, Adam Scott, defending champion Peter Senior, Rod Pampling and John Senden, it is the perfect opportunity for the public to watch their home grown talent perform against quality internationals.
The Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship commences on 2nd December at Hyatt Regency Coolum.
Source – PGA Australia