Sunday, 13 November 2016
Ian Poulter  (European Tour)
Ian Poulter (European Tour)

Englishman Ian Poulter will make his first appearance in a regular European Tour event for ten months when he joins World Number Seven Adam Scott at the Australian PGA Championship from December 1-4. 

Poulter last teed up on the European Tour in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at the start of the year, and underwent foot surgery shortly after competing in the Masters Tournament in April. 

A 12-time winner on the European Tour, Poulter will return to action at the revamped RACV Royal Pines Resort, on Queensland’s Gold Coast, host venue for the A$1.5million tournament which will be co-sanctioned with the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia for the second consecutive year.

It will be Poulter’s debut in the Australian PGA Championship and his first visit to the Gold Coast, located around an hour from Brisbane.

“Australia is a fantastic place to play golf and I always receive such strong support from the fans, so I’m looking forward to playing the Australian PGA Championship,” said Poulter, who has played on Australian soil 13 times previously.

“To be playing a European Tour event down here is an opportunity I jumped at. It’s a great chance to come back to a country I have previously performed well in and kick-start my 2017 season. 

The Gold Coast sounds like my kind of place – sun, sand and plenty of entertainment.
Ian Poulter

“I’m looking forward to checking it out after my rounds.” 

A popular player with fans, Poulter will add some colour to a tournament which is fast gaining a reputation for its festival atmosphere. 

“This year at the Australian PGA Championship we are creating a festival of golf, and we feel that Ian Poulter, with his engaging personality, will complement this nicely,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia. 

“Not only is Ian a great character, he is also an exceptional player. Aussie golf fans love watching talented players with personality, so we are sure that Ian will be a big hit on the Gold Coast this year.”

Poulter will be returning to a happy hunting ground, having produced some excellent results in Australia over the years. 

On his last trip ‘Down Under’, Poulter went head-to-head with Scott at the 2013 Australian Masters, eventually finishing runner-up. 

Poulter and Scott will be joined by a talented line-up of players including Marc Leishman, Scott Hend, Marcus Fraser and defending champion Nathan Holman. 

The Australian PGA Championship is proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland’s It’s Live! in Queensland major events calendar.

Tickets for the Australian PGA Championship are now on sale via Ticketek here

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