Coolum suits for the PGA

AUSTRALIAN PGA chief executive Brian Thorburn is eager to see the Hyatt Regency Coolum remain as the home of the Australian PGA Championship for years to come.

The venue is contracted to hold the tournament for just one more year, but Thorburn is optimistic the Sunshine Coast can retain the high-profile event.

"We're looking forward to negotiating with all the parties in the first quarter of next year and we're hopeful we can extend the arrangement," he said.

"There's a lot of stuff we've got to talk about, in any of these deals, because they're big transactions. But we go into it with a very positive mind towards a renewal."

The PGA Championship has been held at Coolum for the past decade and this year's edition attracted a host of the world's best players.

"The PGA is absolutely thrilled and delighted with this year's tournament. It surpassed all our expectations," Thorburn said.

"Television ratings were very strong, attendances were strong and the performances put on by the players were thrilling. The three-way playoff was a great finale."

Thorburn predicted more of the world's best golfers could attend.

"The players absolutely love it," he said. "You only have to look at Darren Clarke tweeting around the world, recommending it to all his mates, which is great," he said.

"We're looking forward to getting another big field next year."



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