Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter

Englishman Ian Poulter is jetting to the Gold Coast to join World Number 6 Adam Scott at the Australian PGA Championship.

A 12 time winner on the European Tour with a career high world ranking of Number 5, Poulter will tee off his 2017 season at the Australian PGA Championship with the tournament co-sanctioned by the European Tour and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia for the second consecutive year.

This will be Poulter’s first time competing in the Australian PGA Championship and on the Gold Coast.

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

“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 season.

“Plus, the Gold Coast sounds like my kind of place; sun, sand and plenty of entertainment. I’m looking forward to checking it out after my rounds.”

A popular player with fans, Poulter will add some colour to the tournament which is building a festival atmosphere.

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

“But not only is Ian a great character he is 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.”

2016 has been a challenging year for Poulter, with a foot injury sidelining him, but Australia has seen him produce some excellent results over the years.

In his last trip to Australia, Poulter went head-to-head with Adam Scott at the 2013 Australian Masters, eventually finishing runner-up.

The Englishman will have the chance to get one up on the Queenslander when they both tee it up at the Australian PGA Championship.

Poulter and Scott will be joined by a talented line-up of players including Marc Leishman, Scott Hend, Marcus Fraser, Harold Varner III 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.

The Australian PGA Championship will be played at RACV Royal Pines Resort from 1-4 December with tickets on sale via Ticketek.

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