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Sergio Garcia will play Australian PGA Championship

Sergio Garcia will play the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast from November 30, the reigning Masters champion confirming his appearance by video link on Thursday.

"It's been an amazing year for me and don't worry the Green Jacket will be making the journey," Garcia, the world No. 5, said in confirming his first appearance in the PGA of Australia's flagship tournament.

Sergio Garcia will wear the Green Jacket at the Greg Norman Medal Dinner. Harry How/Getty Images
"I am privileged to have a Green Jacket and have enjoyed wearing it at other sporting events throughout the year.

"I will definitely be bringing the green jacket with me to the Gold Coast."

Garcia last played in Australia in 2010, when he contested the now defunct Masters at Victoria Golf Club alongside 14-time major champion Tiger Woods. He had previously played in a handful of Australian tournaments in 2000 and 2001. "It's been a long time since I have visited Australia but I remember how welcoming the fans were and I have been trying to get back for some time now." Garcia said.

Garcia could yet be joined at the Australian PGA by hometown hero and world No.6 Jason Day.

In June, Queenslander Day revealed plans to play in Australia for the first time since 2013, when he won the golf World Cup individual title and teams category with Adam Scott.

Day, the 2015 US PGA Championship winner, said he would play either the Australian Open or the PGA but there was strong incentive to choose Royal Pines.

"I can't remember the last time I was in Queensland so it would be nice to be able to play the PGA Championship in my home state, close to where I have family," Day told AAP in June.

Source: http://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/20165608/sergio-garcia-play-australian-pga-championship

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