Ogilvy, Chalmers, Norman to play PGA

BY PGA of Australia | 25 Sep 2012

Tickets for the 2012 Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola are now on sale, with event organisers confirming former champions Greg Chalmers (2011), Geoff Ogilvy (2008), and Greg Norman (1984, 1985) will be part of this year’s field.

Returning to its traditional place as the final event on the PGA Tour of Australasia, the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola will be played from 13 – 16 December at Palmer Coolum Resort.

“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.”

In this, its 13th consecutive year in Queensland, the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola has established a home for itself in the sunshine state and continues to be a pinnacle event on the state’s dynamic events calendar.

One of the players’ favourite tournament destinations, defending champion Greg Chalmers is one of many competitors looking forward to a Coolum return.

The 38-year-old West Australian prevailed in the 2011 event following a three-man playoff with Marcus Fraser and four-time Australian PGA Champion Robert Allenby, to win his second consecutive tournament on home soil following his win at the Emirates Australian Open.

“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, who has been a regular in the PGA field.

“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.”

Norman says he is also 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,” Norman said.

Daily and season tickets for the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola 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 via www.ticketek.com.au.

Can’t be there in person? The Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola will be showcased on OneAsia’s television platform across all four tournament days, broadcast to over 400 million homes in more than 40 countries.

Full coverage of the event will be broadcast domestically on Network Ten, as well as internationally on ESPN Star Sports, Jupiter Golf Network, SBS Golf Channel, Fox International and Sky Sports NZ among others.

The Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola will be played at Palmer Coolum Resort on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from 13 – 16 December 2012.

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