Appleby confirmed for Coolum
BY iseekgolf.com | Australasian PGA Tour | 2008 Australian PGA Championship | General | 28 Oct 2008
Stuart Appleby will return to the site of his first ever Australasian Tour win in December to play the 2008 Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship he announced today.
Speaking at the launch of the PGA of Australia’s Summer of Golf at the Eureka Tower in Melbourne, Appleby confirmed he will head to the Hyatt Regency Coolum on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in an attempt to capture his first Australian title in over six years.
“I’m really looking forward to playing at the PGA Championship, it’s a fantastic event and a spectacular resort,” said Appleby whose last win on home soil was in 2001.
“Coolum was actually the site of my first Aussie Tour victory back in 1998 when it was the Coolum Classic so it brings back great memories.”
Arriving back home in Melbourne a few weeks ago, Appleby says he is relaxed and confident heading into the Australian summer following yet another successful year on the US PGA TOUR.
Appleby’s form this year has seen him claim seven top-10 finishes from 14 starts on the 2008 PGA TOUR including a T2 finish at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational- results that currently have him in 17th position on the overall tour Money List with nearly US$2.5 million in prize money.
Despite his recent form in his home country Appleby’s last career victory was only a matter of seasons ago in 2006 when he took out two PGA TOUR events during a single season- the Mercedes Championships (his third straight) and the Shell Houston Open.
In further tournament announcements today South African Tim Clark and American Paul Goydos are the first internationals confirmed for this year’s 2008 Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship.
Clark, the current World No. 39, already has three international tour victories to his name and will head to Australia in December following a year on the US PGA TOUR where he has amassed three top-10 finishes, (including a second place behind Phil Mickelson at the Crowne Plaza Invitational,) and currently sits in 26th place on the Money List. Clark will head to Coolum following in the footsteps of fellow South African Rory Sabbatini who, at the time ranked as World No. 8, finished T10 in last year’s Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship.
Goydos will also head to Australia following a successful year on the PGA TOUR, the 44-year-old’s best result of the season a second place at the 2008 Players Championship where he was defeated by Sergio Garcia on the first playoff hole. In addition to his three top-10 finishes on the US Tour this year Goydos has two US PGA TOUR career titles including the 2007 Sony Open.
“The PGA are delighted with the calibre of players who have already committed to play this year’s 2008 Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship,” said Max Garske, CEO of the PGA of Australia.
“Today’s announcement of Appleby, Clark and Goydos in addition to the previously confirmed attendance of Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott and Peter Lonard gives us a great platform on which to build our tournament and with such positive early indications we anticipate this year’s Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship will again boast the best field of any tournament during the Australian Summer of Golf.”
The 2008 Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship will be played at the Hyatt Regency Coolum on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from December 4 – 7.