Adam Scott captures the heart of the nation winning the Australian PGA championship.
Adam Scott captures the heart of the nation winning the Australian PGA championship.

Great Scott! Look who's coming to the event the Coast lost

US masters champion Adam Scott has confirmed he will play at the Austrtalian PGA Championship - the event that the Sunshine Coast lost to the Gold Coast.

Fairfax reports the deal is expected to  fill the fairways at the tournament's new home of Royal Pines,

Scott will tee off for the first time in Australia since breaking Australia's 77-year Masters drought by claiming the Green Jacket at Augusta National.

Scott has already confirmed he will play at Royal Melbourne from November 14 to defend his Australian Masters title but Queensland fans will get the first look at the world number three, whose stocks have soared through the roof since his Augusta triumph.

With the event moving from Coolum to a new base at Royal Pines, they could scarcely have asked for a better drawcard to kickstart the domestic summer of golf.

"To be able to play at home at Royal Pines is going to be a lot of fun. All my friends and family will be out there so it's going to be exciting way to start," Scott said as he prepared for this week's US Open.

"The Gold Coast has been so supportive of me my whole career so it's a good chance for me to hopefully go out and say thanks to them and play well.''

After an 11-year love affair with the former Hyatt course, one which was hugely popular with players and locals, the PGA decided to move on after a public fallout with Clive Palmer, who purchased the sprawling beachside property.

Palmer moved a giant dinosaur named Jeff behind the ninth tee and spray-painted signage all over the fairways, including one hole bizarrely dedicated to JFK.

A lack of flexibility with dates was another sticking point between the parties.

It was all too much for the PGA, which ended its relationship with Palmer Coolum Resort in February.

When asked about losing the opportunity to see Adam Scott play at the resort, Mr Palmer was non-plussed, saying he was sure there would be other times that Scott would play at Coolum. See video

"It's up to Adam Scott where he plays,'' Mr Palmer said back in May.

"I'm sure he will be up here.

"We have named one of our holes after Adam Scott.

"I know Adam Scott. I'm sure he will be playing here.''



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