Hot field set to sizzle at Coolum
BY iseekgolf.com | Australasian PGA Tour | 2007 Australian PGA Championship | Preview | 19 Nov 2007
The hottest field in golf this summer is ready to set the course alight in Coolum with Stuart Appleby, Richard Green, John Senden, Peter Lonard, Brett Rumford, Mark Hensby, Nathan Green and Stephen Leaney all confirming their entry in the $1.4 million Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship.
The cream of Australian golfing talent will join world top ten players Adam Scott and South African Rory Sabbatini in December to compete for one of this country’s most sought after trophies, the Joe Kirkwood Cup.
“Australian golfers are amongst the best in the world and to have so many of our top players returning home to support our event is fantastic,” said Max Garske, the PGA’s CEO. “We’ve got an incredible contingent of Australian players entered, as well as two of the world’s top ten players so it’s no doubt going to be the tournament to watch over the summer.”
Leading the charge will be Stuart Appleby. His results this year include a second to fellow Aussie Adam Scott at the Shell Houston Open in April and as one of Australian’s most successful golf exports he will be chasing his maiden Australian PGA Championship victory.
Also in the chase is Victorian Richard Green who, after claiming victory on the European Tour in June at the BA-CA Open, continued his top form to tie fourth in the British Open, which boosted his world ranking to a high of 29 this year. Finishing the 2007 European Tour as the leading Australian, Green is currently ranked 39 on the Official World Golf Rankings.
European Tour compatriot Brett Rumford will also be in top form come December, his European season ending with a win at the Omega European Masters in September, a sudden death playoff securing the West Australian his third European Tour title.
Fresh from the US Tour, John Senden will be looking to add the PGA title to his MFS Australian Open victory of 12 months prior, while fellow tour players Mark Hensby, Stephen Leaney and Nathan Green, who all secured their playing rights on the US PGA Tour in 2008, will be looking to improve on their previous PGA Championship appearances at the Coolum course.
Two-time winner Peter Lonard will also be back hoping to add a third Australian PGA Championship title to his long list of accomplishments. The burly Sydneysider is a prolific winner on home soil, having also won the MasterCard Masters and Australian Open Championships twice.
Combined with the entry of young guns such as Nick Flanagan, Michael Sim, Jason Day and Jarrod Lyle, the local charge for the Coolum crown appears strong.
The Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship tees off on Thursday December 6 at the Hyatt Regency Coolum, promising to deliver a week of exciting golf not to be missed.
Source – PGA Australia