Sabbatini to return to Coolum

Monday, 29 October 2012
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Rory Sabbatini at the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola in 2007

Rory Sabbatini has been confirmed as the latest international heading to Coolum to play this year’s Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola from December 13-16.

The trip ‘down under’ will be the South African’s second trip to Australia, Sabbatini last playing the Australian PGA Championship in 2007.

On that trip, Sabbatini led the tournament at the 54 hole mark only to struggle through the back nine as prolific PGA Champion Peter Lonard went on to clinch the title.

“That was five years ago now, and I’m looking forward to heading back to Australia,” said Sabbatini.

“It’s been an up and down year for me, but the Australian PGA will be a great way to finish off the year.”

Currently ranked 92 in the world, the six time PGA TOUR title holder’s last victory came at the 2011 Honda Classic, however he has come close in 2012 finishing in a tie for second at the Memorial Tournament, won by Tiger Woods.

Joining Sabbatini at the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola will be two of Australia’s most successful Professionals during 2012 so far, Marc Leishman and Brendan Jones.

A consistent performer on Tour in 2012, Leishman claimed his first PGA TOUR title this year at the Travelers Championship in June.

Jones has likewise been successful this season, adding his 12th Japan Tour title to his collection at the 2012 Token Homemate Cup.

The trio adds to a strong line up at Palmer Coolum Resort that will also include defending Champion Greg Chalmers, Darren Clarke, Greg Norman, Geoff Ogilvy, John Senden and Robert Allenby.

Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia, said players and organisers alike are all looking forward to the final PGA Tour of Australasia tournament of the year.

“Back in its traditional position as the final tournament on our calendar, there is a lot of excitement building around the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola,” said Thorburn.

“The ongoing success of this tournament has been testament to the support of not only the tournament players, but our sponsors, and we are again looking forward to the next chapter in the tournament’s history.”

The Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola will be played at Palmer Coolum Resort from December 13-16, tickets are now on sale at www.ticketek.com.au.

The tournament will again be co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia, with the Order of Merit Champion for both Tours to be crowned following the conclusion of play.

The Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola is supported by Events Queensland as part of a growing calendar of sporting, cultural, regional and business events across the state.

Can’t be there in person? The Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola will be showcased on OneAsia's television platform across all four tournament days, broadcast to over 400 million homes in more than 40 countries.

Full coverage of the event will be broadcast domestically on Network Ten, as well as internationally on ESPN Star Sports, Jupiter Golf Network, SBS Golf Channel, Fox International and Sky Sports NZ among others.

For more information visit the tournament website at http://championship.pga.org.au.