Date: October 23, 2007

Young guns added to the list

Three of Australia&aposs most promising youngsters will tackle a host of big names, including Adam Scott, at this year&aposs Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship. Nick Flanagan, Jason Day and Won Joon Lee – all under 25 years of age – have been confirmed for the December tournament at Coolum. The trio won&apost be playing for the experience alone, however, with all three enjoying stunning years abroad and heading home full of confidence. Flanagan&aposs year in the US, where he earned promotion to the US PGA Tour, included wins at the Henrico County Open, BMW Charity Pro-Am and Xerox Classic. The 23-year-old finished inside the top 20 in his first two starts as a full member of the US PGA Tour. Teenage sensation Day has been touted as one of the most exciting young players on the Australian golfing landscape and continues to match lofty expectations. In 2007 he won the Legend Financial Group Classic on the Nationwide Tour, as well as six top 10 finishes. Lee is recognised as one of the big hitters coming through the ranks. The Sydney-sider has spent the majority of this year, his rookie professional season, honing his skills on the Asian Tour and qualifying for the British Open Championship, where he placed in a tie for 49th. PGA of Australia chief executive officer Max Garske said Flanagan, Day and Lee add to an impressive line-up that already contains Scott and world No.8 Rory Sabbatini. “The inclusion of these players to the field for the Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship adds to the depth of talent the event has attracted this year,” Garske said. “The standard of golf at this year&aposs championship will be unbelievably high, and it&aposs great to see so many talented young Australians contributing to this.” Meanwhile, the event received another boost on Tuesday with prizemoney lifted $200,000. The tournament now carries a $1.4 million purse courtesy of an increase in the popularity of the event.