Greg Norman and Jason Day get to know each other during a practice round at Coolum.
Greg Norman and Jason Day get to know each other during a practice round at Coolum. NICHOLAS FALCONER

Coolum welcomes the great one back

IT WAS seven years ago when a baby-faced Jason Day and lean-looking Great White Shark strode the lush fairways of Hyatt Regency Coolum.

Later this year the Shark – Australia's greatest golfer, Greg Norman – and the man who many have earmarked to be this country's next best, Day, will once again turn out for the Australian PGA Championship.

Norman and world No.13 Bubba Watson were added to the start-list yesterday for the November tournament, joining Day.

Norman said: “It's been several years since I've been able to play up at Coolum and this particular year coincides with a very important milestone for the PGA in its centenary. It's going to be a huge summer for Australian golf, including the PGA at Coolum.

“It will be great to get back up there and see how the course has changed since I last played.”

Norman, the winner of the PGA Championship's Joe Kirkwood Cup in 1984 and '85, will tee off in this year's event two weeks after playing in the Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club, Sydney.

He is also the captain for the International team at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne the week before the PGA.

Watson, who has become a regular fixture in the world's top 15, will play Coolum for the first time since 2005.

“I've played up in Queensland once before and it was a great atmosphere,” he said.

“My game has come a long way since then, so hopefully I can get back there and finish the year off well.”

It is likely high-profile Australians Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy and Robert Allenby will also contest the tournament.

The Australian PGA Championship will be played at Coolum from November 24-27.



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