Queenslander Scott Head and Victorian Marcus Fraser may have worn the green and gold together at the Rio Olympics but soon they will be competing against each other at the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast.
The pair, who have both had a solid year with wins on the European Tour, have signed on for the event at Royal Pines in December.
It will be their only appearance of the Australian summer of golf.
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PGA Australia CEO Brian Thorburn said he was delighted to see Hend and Fraser join the list of competitors, which also includes fellow Aussie stars Adam Scott and Marc Leishman.
“Golf made a successful re-entry into the Olympics Games and Marcus and Scott represented Australia proudly. The Australian PGA Championship will give sports fans an opportunity to come and see Australia’s two golf Olympians in action,” Thorburn said.
“Scott and Marcus are both very talented players experiencing exceptional seasons; they will be two of the favourites to win the Joe Kirkwood Cup.
“It is our aim each year to assemble a strong Australian field to contest the Australian PGA Championship, we are very proud to have all our best Australian talent competing for the Joe Kirkwood Cup in 2016,” added Thorburn.
Hend returns home to Queensland following one of his best seasons on the European Tour, he has recorded six top-10 finishes including a win at the True Thailand Classic, plus a victory at the Queen’s Cup on the Asian Tour.
Having finished inside the top-10 at the PGA TOUR and Asian Tour co-sanctioned CIMB Classic last week, Hend will be riding a wave of confidence when he competes at the Australian PGA Championship.
“I am looking forward to coming home to compete in the Australian PGA Championship especially since it’s in my home state,” said Hend.
“I feel like my game is in great shape and 2016 could be my best chance of winning one of the big tournaments on home soil.
“I would love to win the Australian PGA Championship in front of a Queensland crowd; it would be a great end to my year.”
Fraser impressed the world when he lead the Rio Olympics after the first two rounds and remained in medal contention until the final round.
Fraser’s performance in Rio followed his victory at the European Tour and Asian Tour co-sanctioned Maybank Championship Malaysia; his first win in six years.
“Rio was an amazing experience which created so many special memories which I look forward to sharing with Aussie golf fans at the Australian PGA Championship,” said Fraser.
“I always love competing in Australia and am pleased that I will get the chance to do this at the Gold Coast in December.”
The Australian PGA Championship will return to Royal Pines Resort from 1-4 December.