Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke has confirmed he will return to Coolum this year for the Australian PGA Championship. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Former British Open champion and Darren Clarke has confirmed he will tee off in the Australian PGA Championship at Coolum in December.
The Northern Irishman is fresh off being a vice captain of the victorious European Ryder Cup team and will return to Coolum for the second time after making his first trip out last year.
Clarke joins four-time winner Robert Allenby and John Senden at the event, while Greg Chalmers, Geoff Ogilvy and Greg Norman have already signalled their intent to play in the summer classic on the Sunshine Coast from December 13-16.
Clarke was a hit with fans last year after bringing the famed Claret Jug with him. He was in contention early before a late fade saw him fall off the pace, with Chalmers holding his nerve to take it out.
“Last year’s Australian PGA was a lot of fun,” Clarke said this week.
“The people and crowds were great last year and it was a really enjoyable week. Australia has always hosted great tournaments and I’m looking forward to coming down again.”
Brian Thorburn, chief executive of the PGA of Australia, said he was looking forward to welcoming Clarke back to Coolum.
“Darren was the ultimate professional and really embraced all that the Australian PGA Championship has to offer. I’m sure he will again be overwhelmed by the support he receives whilst in Australia,” Thorburn said.
The Australian PGA Championship will be held at Palmer Resort Coolum from December 13-16.