Date: August 27, 2009
Author: Sportal

Vijay to debut at Coolum

Three-time major winner Vijay Singh has confirmed he will play in the Australian PGA Championship in December for the first time. The popular Fijian, who is currently ranked 13th in the world, will return to Australian shores for the first time since he was part of the victorious International Team that claimed the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in 1998. A winner of 34 US PGA Tour events, the 46-year-old joins a world-class field including defending champion Geoff Ogilvy and crowd favourite John Daly for the Coolum event. PGA of Australia CEO Max Garske said: “Vijay is a world-class player and will be a major drawcard for Australian fans who have not had the opportunity to see him play here before.” “It&aposs obviously been a while since he played an Australasian Tour event in Australia so the fact that we have been able to secure him for the final event of the season is a major coup and we couldn&apost be happier.” A former world No.1 and World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, Singh has had several visits Down Under over his illustrious career. In addition to his Presidents Cup appearance, Singh also contested the 1997 Johnnie Walker Classic at Hope Island and was tied for seventh at the 1997 Australian Open held at the Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne. “It&aposs been a long time since I played in Australia and I am so excited to have been asked to play the Australian PGA Championship,” said Singh. “I have always intended to return to Australian shores and when I got the offer to play, I jumped at the chance.” The 2009 Australian PGA Championship is the final event on the Australasian Tour and OneAsia Super Series calendars. It will be played at the Hyatt Regency Coolum on Queensland&aposs Sunshine Coast from December 10-13.