New dad Adam Scott to contest Australian PGA
A RIVETING shootout between Masters magnet Sergio Garcia and hometown hero Adam Scott is expected to set crowd records at the Australian PGA on the Gold Coast.
Scott announced he would tee up at RACV Royal Pines from November 30 and News Corp can reveal it will be his only Aussie tournament this summer.
Fans should appreciate how lucky they are because Scott's commitment to his recently expanded family means he is a rare non-starter in the Australian Open in Sydney a week earlier.
The 2013 Masters champion will essentially be taking a break from a daddy day care holiday 30 minutes up the highway at his Sanctuary Cove home to play the PGA.
"Competing in the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast in front of a home crowd is always such a highlight for me," Scott said.
"I really appreciate the local support and I am hoping this year I can add my name to the Joe Kirkwood Cup for a second time.
"It's great to see Sergio in the field and I am sure he and his family will enjoy all that the Gold Coast has to offer while they are in town."
The presence of Garcia in the field is a coup but to really elevate the tournament it needed an elite player for him to joust with.
Scott fills the bill in every way and will be chasing the PGA to end a winless year after his 71-75 exit from the FedExCup play-offs in Boston last weekend.
The prospect now exists for the Garcia v Scott fanfare to draw bigger galleries than 2013 when a massive following hit the fairways for the Adam Scott v Rickie Fowler duel on the final day.
The fans were also honouring Australia's first Masters champion of the same year just as the turnout will be huge for Garcia's first Aussie visit since his green jacket triumph in April.
Since the Spaniard committed to the PGA in July, corporate hospitality sales have spiked and final round tickets to the marquee on the Soniq Million Dollar Hole are sold out.
"To have two Masters champions battle it out at Royal Pines is a real coup," Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones said.
Scott's strong support of the Australian tour is renowned and he has drawn the biggest galleries at the Australian PGA even when joint second (2014) and third (2016) after his 2013 victory.
"Adam Scott is iconic to Australian sport, not just because of his Masters victory but because of his commitment to his Australian fans," PGA of Australia boss Gavin Kirkman said.
"Each year Adam comes home to compete and celebrate his international season with Australian sport fans."
Clarity on Scott's plans sets up two absorbing storylines for the summer with Jason Day and American star Jordan Spieth duelling at the Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club from November 23-26