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He’s back! Daly’s return to Coolum confirmed

John Daly will return to Australia in December for the third consecutive year to contest the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola.

The PGA of Australia has today confirmed that John Daly will return to Queensland in December to contest the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola from December 9 – 12, 2010.

Daly said over the weekend that he will play Australia’s oldest professional event at the Hyatt Regency Coolum, where he has previously helped generate record crowds with fans coming from far and wide to see one of the biggest characters in world golf.

“I really love coming to Australia,” Daly said today.

“The Coolum course is great, the fans love their golf and I hope I can come back this year and really put in a good performance.”

Max Garske, the Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of Australia, said John is always welcome to play in Australia and is looking forward to seeing him back on the Sunshine Coast.

“We are very grateful for the support John has given the PGA Tour of Australasia particularly in the past three years,” Garske said.

“Last year John was forced to withdraw due to injury, but having recovered quicker than expected he contacted us and said to put him back in the field. To have that kind of support from a two-time major winner is great for our Tour and it will be good to see him back at Coolum this year.”

‘Long’ John Daly won the US PGA Championship in 1991 and the British Open in 1995 and remains one of the world’s most popular players.

Queensland Premier Ms Anna Bligh said Daly was a great ambassador during the 2009 Championship, when he frequently Tweeted about the beautiful environment, weather and great atmosphere at Coolum.

"As Mr Daly discovered last year, this is a great event for both spectators and players and their families, and certainly one of the premier events on the Sunshine Coast," Ms Bligh said.

2010 Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola will be played at the Hyatt Regency Coolum on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from December 9-12, 2010.

The event will be the final event on both the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia Order of Merit, with players competing for a total prize pool of AUD$1,500,000.

The burgeoning OneAsia will have staged 11 tournaments with a total of more than US$12 million in prize money paid out at the end of the season.

The week's event will be showcased on OneAsia's television platform with live coverage for four hours a day across all four tournament days, and broadcast to over 260 million homes in more than 40 countries.

Full coverage of the event will be available domestically on Network Ten, as well as internationally on ESPN Star Sports, Jupiter Golf Network, SBS Golf Channel, Fox International, Sky Sports NZ, ESPN3 & America One in the USA, ViaSat & Bloomberg Television among others in Europe.

Tickets for the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola go on sale from Wednesday.

Tickets will be available at
www.pga.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.auor via the PGA Hotline- 1800 009 499 from October 11.