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Gold Coast to host the Australian PGA Championship for another three years

The Gold Coast is set to play host to the Australian PGA Championship for another three years.

A day after the close of one of the most successful events to date, and where Queenslander Cameron Smith hoisted the Kirkwood Cup in a thrilling playoff over Jordan Zunic, Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), City of Gold Coast and PGA of Australia (PGA) announced the extension of their agreements.

This will tee off with the 2018 Australian PGA Championship which will be played from 29 November to 2 December 2018.

The Australian PGA Championship is a festival of golf and the tournament week also includes the MyGolf Kids Day presented by Cobra Puma and the Greg Norman Medal Dinner. Players and fans have also enjoyed the nerve wracking excitement of the Soniq Million Dollar Hole which is now synonymous with the event.The tournament is a flagship event on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, and is co-sanctioned by the European Tour.

Tourism and Events Queensland CEO Leanne Coddington said she was delighted to extend an already successful partnership.

“TEQ has a proud history with this event and our successful partnership with the PGA of Australia has resulted in strong crowd numbers as well as new initiatives including the Soniq Million Dollar Hole and the Tournament Village,” she said.

“The Australian PGA Championship is an important part of the It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar and with the strength of the field growing each year, it has cemented itself as a premiere golf event.

“But more than that, the championship enhances the Gold Coast’s reputation as a world-class events destination and gives us a global platform to promote Queensland’s unique tourism offerings.”

The tournament honour roll features an incredible list of past champions including Adam Scott (2013) Greg Chalmers (2014 & 2011), Peter Senior (2010, 2003 & 1989).

Since the inaugural event on the Gold Coast in 2013, the tournament has found strong support in City of Gold Coast, and Acting Mayor Donna Gates.

“One of the biggest legacy outcomes for our city, post the 2018 Commonwealth Games, will be our drive to attract more world-class sporting events,’’ said Acting Mayor Gates.

“This announcement fits that bill perfectly with the Australian PGA Championship an absolute winner for the sport and our city. Well done to the PGA and Tourism and Events Queensland.’’

Gavin Kirkman, CEO of the PGA of Australia which oversees the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia praised the strong, collaborative and positive relationship that the PGA has shared with TEQ and COGC over the last five years.

“The PGA has enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the teams at both TEQ and COGC. TEQ has continued to show their commitment to the continued growth of the event, and have celebrated the successes of the tournament with us along the way. It’s wonderful to see that the Australian PGA Championship is an integral part of the It’s Live in Queensland events calendar.

“The City of Gold Coast is a key partner for the Australian PGA Championship and we are pleased to be working with them for another three years to ensure that this event continues to shine the world’s spotlight on the Gold Coast as a home of world class international sporting events. We are thrilled that the residents of the Gold Coast will continue to have the opportunity to see international golfing superstars in action for the next three years.”

Ben Cowen, Director of International Policy, European Tour, added: “We are delighted to be returning to Queensland for a further three years and with the support of TEQ and City of Gold Coast, we believe this tournament will continue its long and proud history as one of Australia’s premier sporting events.

“Our relationship with the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia continues to go from strength to strength each year, and this tournament offers vital playing opportunities for our European Tour members in a superb setting. We had a fantastic winner last week in Cameron Smith, and we can’t wait to see more of the world’s best golfers out here on the Gold Coast.”

Cameron Smith

Queensland golfer Cameron Smith crowned Australian PGA Champion

UPDATE at 2:50 PM | RISING Queensland golfer Cameron Smith has claimed the cup at the annual Australian PGA Championships on the Gold Coast.

Smith was locked at -18 through 72 holes with Jordan Zunic at the end of a blinding fourth round at Royal Pines.

The duo went on to play-off over two extra holes, the first of which they both parred before Smith triumphed on the second to claim the Joe Kirkwood Cup. See the videos below.

The 24-year-old former Australian amateur champion from Brisbane turned pro in 2013.

At the time, many viewed him as a future superstar of Australian golf.

Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith | PHOTO: PGA of Australia

FIRST at 11.30 AM | Queensland golfer Cameron Smith has carded six birdies during a blinding fourth round at the Australian PGA Championships at Gold Coast’s Royal Pines.

The 24-year-old’s going toe-to-toe with compatriot Jordan Zunic, who held the overnight lead, in what’s shaping up to be a two-way shoot out for the Joe Kirkwood Cup.

They’re tied for the lead on 18 under par through 14 holes, three clear of closest rival Adam Bland (15 under).

Greg Norman Medallist, Marc Leishman is a further shot back, with fellow Victorian David Bransdon rounding out the top five.

Play was brought forward by almost three hours, with a 6am tee-off time, in a bid to avoid possibly severe thunderstorms forecast to hit the Gold Coast in the afternoon.

PGA Australia Cameron Smith John Blixt

In form duo to go head to head at the Australian PGA Championship

Queenslander Cameron Smith and Sweden’s Jonas Blixt both finished inside of the top-5 at last week’s Emirates Australian Open and are full of confidence ahead of the Australian PGA Championship.

The pair took out the Zurich Classic of New Orleans earlier this year on the PGA TOUR, helping Smith to his first victory on the premier Tour while it was Blixt’s third.

They both also had encouraging results in last week’s Australian Open, Blixt in particular, who finished joint runner-up alongside Australian Matt Jones.

He said he’s not feeling the pressure of being one of the headline players in the strong field after a solid performance at The Australian.

“I feel quite relaxed. I have friends around and coming in playing pretty good, so I’m really looking forward to this week.”

PGA Australia Jonas Blixt

Jonas Blixt | PHOTO: Supplied by PGA of Australia

Smith too had a strong performance last week finishing outright fourth, he’s enjoying a rich run of form with a top-5 finish in the CIMB Classic and a third in the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges.

He said he’s looking forward to riding the wave and taking advantage of a hometown crowd this week.

“When you’re playing well, it’s definitely good for me to just keep going until I run out of steam basically,” Smith said.

“I’ve been playing well the last couple months and had a few weeks off there just before the Australian Open, but got the competition rust out of my body and I’m ready to go this week.”

PGA Australia Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith | PHOTO: Supplied by PGA of Australia

Smith said he’d be happy to be paired up with Blixt early in the tournament with the pair clearly enjoying chemistry on the course.

“I think he felt obliged to come down since I won the tournament for him,” Smith joked.

“It was basically on his mind the whole year (to come to Australia), and then when we won the tournament there at Zurich, I think that just made his mind up.

“I hope we play together, we always have fun. We’ve played together at home in Jacksonville a bunch of times, and then obviously Zurich as well, so we bond well and we like to just chat and just walk around.

“Jonas and I have always had a pretty competitive relationship, whether it be at home or during practices.”

For more information on the Australian PGA Championship, visit: championship.pga.org.au/

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.