Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
** Please see below statement from Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia, in reference to the performance of Jason Day, Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy at the 2011 US Masters **

What a 24 hours for Australian golf.

On behalf of the PGA and all our members I want to firstly take this opportunity to congratulate Jason Day, Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy on their wonderful performances at Augusta.

Their efforts had sports fans and non-sports fans alike glued to their televisions all hoping that the Australian Augusta hoodoo would be broken then and there in 2011.

While a Masters win wasn’t to be this year, the result shines the spotlight firmly on our sport and in particular on our players forging a new, fresh era for golf in our country.

Jason, Adam and Geoff epitomise the potential of golf in Australia and all at the PGA are both extremely proud and excited about the possibilities that lay ahead for these three players and the sport.

Buoyed by world class players and coaches, as an Association the PGA has always known that Australian golf is in incredibly good shape, but the efforts of Jason, Adam and Geoff go a long way to inspiring a fresh generation of young golfers and show that in reality golf is in better than good shape, it’s in great shape.

Regardless of our international successes, golf continues to be one of, if not the largest participation sports in Australia generating about $2.94 billion in economic activity per annum.

Millions of Australians already play the game and many more will be introduced to the sport as a result of performances such as those witnessed yesterday morning.

Regardless of the outcome at Augusta, 2011 looks certain to be the biggest ever year for Australian golf with the PGA Tour of Australasia season set to be bolstered by the Presidents Cup in Melbourne in addition to the PGA’s Centenary celebrations all of which will feature the biggest names in world golf.

The PGA has recently commenced talks with a number of players about the upcoming PGA Tour of Australasia season and even at this early stage we are confident that 2011 will see the best fields in recent history contend for our Australian titles.

The PGA looks forward to sharing more news in this area with you as we finalise plans for the biggest ever year in Australian golf.

Again, I congratulate Jason, Adam and Geoff for a fine tournament- I know I will not be alone in counting down to the next Major, the US Open in June.

Brian Thorburn
Chief Executive Officer
PGA of Australia

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About the PGA of Australia: The PGA of Australia has a membership that comprises all Australian professional golfers and includes tournament professionals, club professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, senior professionals and trainees. The PGA’s core aim is to help more Australians enjoy golf more often. In doing so, the PGA aims to deliver more business opportunities to its members. Each year the PGA of Australia stages over 430 tournaments from the Australian PGA Championship to the state based Pro-Am circuits that take professional golf to the masses. The PGA of Australia is the official sanctioning body for all elite male professional tournament golf in Australasia.

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