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Aussie golfer Peter Senior out of retirement to tee up on the Gold Coast

Golfing great Peter Senior has come out of Tour retirement to tee it up at the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast at the end of this month.

The 58-year-old Hope Island local was a last minute addition to the field and joins a star studded lineup including World Number 11 Sergio Garcia, World Number 13 Marc Leishman and fellow Gold Coaster Adam Scott.

“I rang up at 3.30pm on the day that entries closed, I just had a feeling that I would like to play,” Senior said.

“When you are playing professional golf you never play many tournaments at home. So my friends and family don’t get a chance to get out to the tournaments to have a look. So this gives my family a good opportunity to see me just one last time.

“They can’t wait, they are more excited than I am.”

The much loved Australian announced his retirement from Tour level golf after suffering from a hip injury at the Emirates Australian Open in 2016.

However, Senior decided that he will make a one-off appearance on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia this summer, believing his year was missing a special something.

He did stress however, that “this is not a comeback.”

“I need to write Grades (Wayne Grady) into my will I think,” laughed Senior.

“I really didn’t think I would get to play any more tournaments. At the time my body was not good and it was just not nice playing injured. Now the body is back to normal.

“But this is not a comeback.”

General admission to the Australian PGA Championship is $25* when purchased at the gate or via Ticketmaster with children, 16 and under, granted free admission when attending with a paying adult.

CONFIRMED: Leishman Gold Coast bound for Australian PGA Championship!

Aussie golfing star Marc Leishman has confirmed he will be heading to the Gold Coast to compete at the Australian PGA Championship at the end of this month.

The World Number 13, who has won twice on the PGA TOUR in 2017, says he is looking forward to heading to the coast.

“I have always enjoyed coming to the Gold Coast, it’s a fun tournament in a fun location, I am sure this year will be another excellent week,” Leishman said.

This will be the fourth time Leishman has teed it up at RACV Royal Pines Resort.

“We are delighted to welcome home Marc Leishman and have him join us on the Gold Coast for the Australian PGA Championship,” Gavin Kirkman, CEO of the PGA of Australia said.

“The Australian PGA Championship is a celebration of golf. Each year we like to welcome home our international winners so having Marc in the field was a priority for us.”

Leishman is the latest world class addition to confirm they’ll be taking to the Australian PGA Championship field after World Number 12 Sergio Garcia, local Gold Coaster Adam Scott, defending champion Harold Varner III as well as the PGA TOUR winning team of Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt.

“Having Australia’s top golfer for 2017 return home for this prestigious sporting event is a great win for tourism in Queensland,” Tourism and Events Queensland Chief Executive Officer Leanne Coddington said.

“Marc has had an outstanding year and joins a world-class line up that is sure to be a big drawcard for visitors to the Gold Coast.”

Australian sports fans can purchase tickets to see the golf stars in action via Ticketmaster.

 

Greg Chalmers

PGA TOUR favourites heading home for Australian PGA Championship

Two time Australian PGA Champion Greg Chalmers, Queenslander Rod Pampling and New South Welshman Matt Jones have all been confirmed for this year’s Australian PGA Championship.

To be played from 30 November – 3 December at RACV Royal Pines Resort, the PGA TOUR regulars will add depth to an already star studded field.

“Greg (Chalmers), Rod (Pampling) and Matt (Jones) will be wonderful additions to the 2017 field which already boasts Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt,” said Gavin Kirkman, CEO of the PGA of Australia.

Chalmers is a two time winner of the Australian PGA Championship. His most recent victory came in 2014 following a marathon seven hole playoff over Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby. Following his win, Chalmers dedicated his victory to the PGA Professionals he has worked with during his career.

“Greg (Chalmers) has won the Joe Kirkwood Cup twice; I know it holds a special place amongst his career victories as it also honours the numerous PGA Professional coaches that have helped him along the journey,” added Kirkman.

2017 will be the fourth consecutive year that Pampling has teed it up at the Australian PGA Championship in his home state. His best finish at RACV Royal Pines Resort was tied 15th at the 2016 edition won by American Harold Varner III.

Rod Pampling

Rod Pampling | PHOTO: Supplied by PGA of Australia

“As a trained PGA Professional coach, incredibly talented player and a proud Queenslander Rod (Pampling) has been a great supporter of the Australian PGA Championship. It will be great to have him teeing it up again in 2017,” added Kirkman.

After recently re-securing his PGA TOUR card, Jones will head to the Gold Coast for the first time since the Australian PGA Championship moved to RACV Royal Pines Resort.

“A PGA TOUR winner, Matt is a wonderful ambassador for Australian golf when he tees it up overseas and we are delighted to have him playing at the Australian PGA Championship this year.

“The international golf schedule is so busy that this is the first time Matt has the opportunity to join us on the Gold Coast. It is a week that I am sure he will really enjoy.”

Australian sports fans will be able to watch Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia in action.

General admission to the Australian PGA Championship is $25* when purchased at the gate or via Ticketmaster with children, 16 and under, granted free admission when attending with a paying adult.

The Australian PGA Championship is on from 30 November to 3 December at RACV Royal Pines Resort. Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster. For more information visit: pga.org.au/

Adam Scott

Local Adam Scott returns to GC for Australian PGA

Adam Scott will return home to the Gold Coast this November to  headline the field at the Australian PGA championship.

The Masters champion and Gold Coast local said he’s excited to play at RACV Royal Pines Resort alongside world number eight Sergio Garcia.

“Competing in front of a home crowd is always such a highlight for me, I really appreciate the local support and I am hoping that this year I can add my name to the Joe Kirkwood Cup for a second time,” he said.

“It’s great to see Sergio in the field for this year’s event and I am sure he and his family will enjoy all that the Gold Coast has to offer while they are in town.”

CEO of the Australian PGA, Gavin Kirkam, expects a strong field for this year’s event.

“With the current Masters champion (Garcia) and Australia’s only Masters champion (Scott) in the field, fans are in for a real treat at the Australian PGA Championship this year.”

The championship will run from 30 November to 3 December and tickets starting from $25 can be purchased online or at the gate.

Children under the age of 16 can attend for free with a paying adult.

Harold Varner III

Varner a chance to join Garcia at PGA Championships at Royal Pines

Defending champion Harold Varner III looks set to head to the Gold Coast again to try and keep his PGA Championship crown.

There are reports the American was so excited by the prospect of taking on Masters champion Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott that he will do everything he can to return to the Coast in November.

Varner took the trophy last year in what was his first professional victory outside of the US.

Scott is yet to be confirmed as a certainty for the event but Australian PGA said he had been in talks with him.

Kirkman also said they were working to get former World no.1 and fellow Queenslander Jason Day to the event.