Stuart Appleby playing at the PGA Championship.
Stuart Appleby playing at the PGA Championship. Cade Mooney

PGA offer free tickets

AUSTRALIAN golf fans are in line for a special birthday treat with the Australian PGA offering free tickets for the PGA Championship at the Hyatt Regency Coolum, Sunshine Coast.

Marking its 100th birthday in style, the PGA has launched the 'Free Ticket Saturday' initiative - allowing fans free entry on the second day of the tournament.

Aimed at ensuring fans get the opportunity to see Australian golf at its best, the initiative will see golf fanatics rubbing shoulders with some of the world's elite players.

"This year will be the biggest year in Australian golf for many, many years and the PGA want to give everyone the chance to be a part of the Australian PGA Championship," said PGA CEO Brian Thorburn.

"Since 2002 the PGA Championship has been an extremely successful event at its Sunshine Coast home and this year we hope fans will come from far and wide to be part of such a huge occasion."

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said she welcomed the initiative to give golf fans free entry to see the world's best in action.

"This is shaping up to be a great event for golf fans of all ages, locals and visitors alike," Ms Bligh said.

The PGA Championship will be headlined by golfing royalty Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Geoff Ogilvy, Bubba Watson, Darren Clarke, Robert Allenby and Aaron Baddeley.

Golf fans wishing to take advantage of the 'Free ticket Saturday' offer will still need to book their complimentary ticket through Ticketek.