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Golf: US star Snedeker joins Scott, Fowler for Australian PGA Championship

World No. 8 Brandt Snedeker will join fellow American Rickie Fowler and Masters champion Adam Scott at OneAsia's Australian PGA Championship from November 7-10.

World No. 8 Brandt Snedeker will join fellow American Rickie Fowler and Masters champion Adam Scott at OneAsia’s Australian PGA Championship from November 7-10.

September 24, 2013: World No. 8 Brandt Snedeker will head to Queensland’s Gold Coast in November to contest OneAsia’s Australian PGA Championship, presented by Coca-Cola, at RACV Royal Pines Resort.


Joining previously confirmed starters Adam Scott and Marc Leishman of Australia and young American Rickie Fowler, Snedeker will play his first tournament on OneAsia in Queensland from November 7-10, although it won’t be his first visit Down Under.


“I’ve been there quite a few times in my career,” the American said. “It’s a great place to play golf and one of the pretty spots in the world so I’m excited to get back. The people there are so welcoming, it’s fantastic, so it should be a lot of fun.”


Snedeker grabbed global attention last year when he sealed a three-shot victory at the Tour Championship to claim the coveted FedExCup title and the US$10 million bonus.


The winner of four PGA Tour titles in the last two years, Snedeker has won twice in 2013, capturing the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the RBC Canadian Open.


The 33-year-old also had two runner-up finishes this year and finished fifth on this year’s PGA Tour money list with earnings in excess of US$5 million. In total, he has won six times on the PGA Tour since turning pro in 2004, yet despite all his success, Snedeker admits there’s still one gap on his resume.


“I love playing around the world and that’s the one thing I haven’t done yet – win outside the United States,” said Snedeker, who finished in a tie for second at the 2007 Australian Open won by Craig Parry.


“I’d love to do that. It’s part of the reason why I’m going down there and I’ve had some good finishes in Australia before. I lost the Aussie Open by a shot a few years ago and I want to get back down there and prove that I can get that ‘W’ down there.”


The Australian PGA Championship will coincide with Masters champion Scott’s return to his homeland and Snedeker paid respect to the significance of the occasion for golf in the sport-mad country.


“I think everyone was happy for Adam, not just Australians, but everyone around the world because he’s such a popular guy and he really deserved to win that tournament,” Snedeker said.


“So it’s good to have him getting back home and showing off that green jacket to everyone back in Australia. I’m sure he’s as excited and proud as they are, and he’s as excited and proud to show it off.”


Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia, said Snedeker’s inclusion is a significant win for the tournament’s return to the Gold Coast.


“Brandt Snedeker has earned his position as one of the biggest names in world golf and we’re very excited to welcome him to the Gold Coast in November,” Thorburn said.


“With the likes of Brandt, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler and Marc Leishman already confirmed for our first year at RACV Royal Pines Resort, this year’s Australian PGA Championship will be a huge celebration of golf and we’re hopeful the Gold Coast fans will support the event in their thousands.”


The Australian PGA Championship will again be co-sanctioned by OneAsia and the PGA Tour of Australasia.


The tournament is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland as well as Coca-Cola, RACV, Gold Coast City Council, Gold Coast Tourism, Emirates, Volkswagen, Hahn Premium Light, Amadio Wine and Srixon.


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