Major champion Geoff Ogilvy will make his first playing appearance on the Gold Coast as he tees it up in the Australian PGA Championship for the first time since 2012.

Geoff Ogilvy is a welcome addition to the field that will compete at RACV Royal Pines Resort from November 29 to December 2.

Ogilvy joins Marc Leishman, Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston and defending champion Cameron Smith at the tournament, which is fast becoming renowned equally for the festive atmosphere outside of the ropes as well as the on course action.

“It has been a while since I have competed in the Australian PGA Championship. I won the title in 2008 and I would love to be reacquainted with the Joe Kirkwood Cup,” Ogilvy said. “I believe it is important for Australian golf to create top quality tournaments; that is where success for Australian golf lies.

“I have heard the PGA has been doing some interesting things at the Australian PGA Championship including the Greg Norman Medal, Kid’s Day, the Million Dollar Hole and then this year the Beach Club. I felt like it was time I experienced it for myself.”

A fan favourite, whose golf knowledge is much admired all over the world, the PGA is delighted to host Geoff Ogilvy at its flagship tournament.

“The Australian PGA Championship is the PGA professional’s flagship event; it’s a celebration of golf where we recognise the outstanding achievements of all the hardworking individuals who make our game great,” said Gavin Kirkman, chief executive of the PGA of Australia which owns the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia.

“Given the special place the tournament holds in Australian golf, we always aim to have our leading players teeing it up. Geoff Ogilvy is certainly much admired for both his skill and golf knowledge, having a player of his standing tee it up at the Australian PGA Championship adds some real gravitas to the field.”