Big names 'turn up the heat' at Coolum

ADAM Scott, Robert Allenby, Geoff Ogilvy and Aaron Baddeley will all be part of the action when the 2011 PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola gets underway at the Hyatt Regency Coolum from November 24-27.

The Australian quartet will join previously announced players Greg Norman, Jason Day, Darren Clarke and Bubba Watson in what is sure to be the best ever field for the PGA championship since it arrived on the Sunshine Coast back in 2002.

Premier Anna Bligh said the latest announcement of big names competing in this year's Coolum PGA reinforces its status as one of the must-see sporting events on the Queensland calendar.

"With today's confirmation that Adam Scott, Robert Allenby, Geoff Ogilvy and Aaron Baddeley will also be part of the 2012 action at Coolum is fantastic news for Queensland golf fans," Ms Bligh said.

"This year's tournament is certainly shaping up to be the most impressive line up yet.

"The Queensland Government is investing in events just like this through Events Queensland because they act as a major drawcard for visitors - and today's announcement that we'll see more of the best golf talent in the world coming here is great news for the Sunshine Coast and the local tourism industry."

Australia's highest ranked player and Queensland crowd favourite, Adam Scott will head to Coolum with great expectations in 2011.

With the recent World Golf Championship event now under his belt, Adam is playing with renewed confidence and is hoping to tick off another goal at the PGA.

"Winning at home in Queensland has always been on my list of things I want to achieve in my career and with the way I'm playing at the moment hopefully this could be my year for the PGA," said Scott.

"I know the Coolum course well and I've played there nearly every year, but I just haven't been firing when it counted. It would be great to play well this year and win in Queensland."

At the other end of the PGA Championship success spectrum, four time winner Robert Allenby says he wouldn't miss the opportunity to make it five during such a huge year.

"This year's PGA field is going to be great and everyone's looking forward to getting back to Coolum. Five PGA's would definitely be a nice achievement and to do so in such a big year for Australian golf would make it even sweeter."

Heading to Coolum for only the second time since the tournament moved to the Sunshine Coast, Aaron Baddeley's presence is another good sign for Australia's oldest professional tournament.

Baddeley last played the PGA Championship back in 2002 where he finished sixth, but is certain to delight fans as he tries to play himself back inside the world top 50.

Fellow Victorian Geoff Ogilvy will also return to Coolum with a point to prove after finishing second to Peter Senior in a playoff in last year's rain delayed PGA Championship finale.

Ogilvy, the 2009 PGA Champion, handed the title to Senior on the second playoff hole during last year's Monday finish, but is determined to add his name to the Joe Kirkwood Cup for the second time in 2011.

We couldn't be happier with the line up for this year's PGA Championship," said PGA CEO Brian Thorburn.
"This year's Championship coincides with the Centenary of the PGA and we are so pleased that all of our players want to be a part of such a huge year."

The 2011 PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola will again be co-sanctioned by OneAsia.

With the field set to feature Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Geoff Ogilvy, Bubba Watson, Daren Clarke, Robert Allenby and Aaron Baddeley, this year's field is set to 'turn up the heat,' at the Hyatt Regency Coolum.

Tickets for this year's PGA Championship will go on sale in the coming weeks.

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