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Scott in for PGA, out of Aus Open

Adam Scott will play this year's Australian PGA in his home state but will skip the Australian Open.
Former Masters champion Adam Scott will tee up in the Australian PGA on the Gold Coast later this year but will not play the Australian Open in Sydney.

The PGA of Australia today announced Scott would join reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia as major drawcards for the PGA Championship to be played at the Royal Pines Resort from November 30 to December 3.

However, sources have confirmed Scott will not play the national championship the week prior at The Australian Golf Club alongside reigning Open champion Jordan Spieth and fellow former World Number One Jason Day.

It is the first time Scott, who won the Stonehaven Cup in 2009, has missed the tournament since being forced out with a knee injury in 2008.

As the first Australian to don the green jacket at Augusta with his victory in 2013, Scott is one of the country’s most popular players and will be missed in Sydney.

However, his appearance at Royal Pines for the fourth time in five years will be music to the ears of Queensland fans.

Scott lives locally at the Sanctuary Cove Resort and always draws large galleries when he plays on the Gold Coast.

“Competing in the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast in front of a home crowd is always such a highlight for me,” Scott said in a press release sent out by tournament organisers, the PGA of Australia.

“I really appreciate the local support and I am hoping that this year I can add my name to the Joe Kirkwood Cup for a second time. 

“It’s great to see Sergio in the field for this year’s event and I am sure he and his family will enjoy all that the Gold Coast has to offer while they are in town.”

Garcia was confirmed as a starter at the tournament in July and organisers will be delighted to have two world-class players in the field.

PGA of Australia CEO Gavin Kirkman sung Scott’s praises at the official announcement in Brisbane, noting the 37-year-old has always been a strong supporter of the game locally.

“Adam Scott is iconic to Australian sport, not just because of his Masters victory but because of his commitment to his Australian fans,” he said.

“Each year, Adam comes home to compete and celebrate his international season with Australian sport fans.

“This year is no different and we are delighted to have him playing the Australian PGA Championship.

“Adam is an excellent ambassador for tournaments on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and I am sure that words of encouragement from him helped attract Sergio to the Gold Coast.

“With the current Masters champion and Australia’s only Masters champion in the field, fans are in for a real treat at the Australian PGA Championship this year.”

WEEKEND PINS: 9TH AT PALMER COOLUM (QLD)

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Rod Morri
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