Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Australian PGA Championship
Course: Hyatt Regency Coolum (6,714 yards, par 72), Coolum, Australia.
Purse: $1.48 million. Winner's share: $266,800.
Last year: Robert Allenby won the event for the fourth time, beating fellow Australians John Senden and Scott Strange by four strokes. Allenby won the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa the previous week.
COOLUM, Australia – Geoff Ogilvy has set his sights on another OneAsia tour victory in Australia this week.
Fresh off his Australian Open win, the 2006 U.S. Open champion tees up at the season-ending Australian PGA Championship Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Coolum.
The last man to win the PGA Championship-Australian Open double was Robert Allenby in 2005.
THREE TO WATCH
Adam Scott: After falling from No. 3 to No. 76 in the world golf rankings last year, the 30-year-old got back on track with victories at the 2009 Australian Open before claiming the Texas Open (PGA Tour) and Singapore Open (European Tour) this year.
Liang Wen-chong: He’s the highest-ranked Chinese player in the world at No. 66. Through the two-year history of OneAsia, Liang has more victories (three) of any player on tour, and has already cemented No. 2 in the 2010 OneAsia Order of Merit, behind Y.E. Yang.
John Daly: After missing the cut at last week’s Australian Open, Daly admitted he never had hit the ball so well for such meager results. “My caddie said he has never seen anyone get more bad breaks hitting good shots than I did,” Daly said.
“For an Australian, winning the Open is the best tournament that you can win in Australia,” Ogilvy said. “When you look back at the end of the career it’s one that’s going to be up there with your best wins.
“The Australian PGA is the other really prestigious tournament in Australia, so to have that one on the resume is really nice.”
Consider that mission accomplished; he won the Australian PGA at this same venue in 2008.
Ogilvy won the season-opening U.S. PGA Tour event in Hawaii, then had a dry spell this year until his victory Dec. 5 at The Lakes.
“I’ve played really well at the last three or four tournaments in the United States,” he said. “I found some form and I think if there had been some big tournaments for me to play in the last couple of months, I (would be) pretty happy with where my game was.”
Based in Del Mar, Calif., the 33-year-old from Melbourne has battled a hectic schedule, which has foiled his intentions of playing more in Asia this year.
“Asia is the region where golf is growing the fastest, where it’s probably the most scoped to get big and where the interest is,” he said. “There were a couple of times when I nearly made it down, but I could never seem to book a flight back out on the Sunday evening after the tournament, which would get me back in time.”
Going forward, Ogilvy said he intends to play more in the Asia Pacific region.
“It makes more sense for an Australian to play in the Asian region than the United States,” he said, adding, “I definitely see myself gravitating back towards OneAsia so I can play closer to home.”
European stalwarts Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer have passed on PGA Tour membership for much of the same reason.
OneAsia and Associated Press contributed to this report.