The 2007 Australian PGA winner Peter Lonard with the winning cup at Hyatt Regency Coolum.
The 2007 Australian PGA winner Peter Lonard with the winning cup at Hyatt Regency Coolum.

PGA Championship tees off this week

With a record prizepool of $1.5 million on offer, it is no surprise the 2008 Australian PGA Championship at Coolum this week has attracted 10 players from the top 100 of the official world golf rankings.

Richard Green, Rod Pampling and Mathew Goggin will join previously announced players Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott, Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby, Peter Lonard and internationals Tim Clark and Paul Goydos at the Hyatt Regency Coolum from Thursday.

Green, who has played the PGA Championship every year since it moved to Coolum in 2002, has this year collected four top 10 finishes on the European tour and earned approximately $A1.7 million.

Pampling has won more than $A2.5 million in earnings this year but is still looking for his first major Australian title.

Two-time major winner John Daly will also join the chase for the most coveted trophy of the Australian summer of golf.

“Given I am coming to Australia for the Masters I was very keen to head back to Queensland and play the PGA Championship again,” said the big-hitting Daly.

“As a former US PGA Champion I have a real allegiance to the PGA. I have many close friends in Australia and look forward to seeing them as well as a whole bunch of my loyal Australian fans in Coolum.”

The Australian PGA Championship will be played at the Hyatt course from December 4-7. For more information, visit www.pga.org.au.


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