Sergio Garcia of Spain lines up a putt at the British Open at Royal Birkdale.
Sergio Garcia of Spain lines up a putt at the British Open at Royal Birkdale. ANDY RAIN

Sergio Garcia to headline Australian PGA Championship

REIGNING US Masters champion Sergio Garcia will be the headline act at the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast this year.

The Spaniard had the sporting world cheering when he claimed the coveted green jacket at Augusta in his breakthrough major win.

He is the first star to be announced for the tournament that will be staged at the RACV Royal Pines Resort from November 30 to December 3.

Garcia last played in Australia in 2010 and is arguably the biggest name to play at the event since it moved to the Gold Coast in 2013.

"2017 has been exciting for me, winning the Masters, and I look forward to celebrating the end of the year at the Australian PGA Championship," he said.

"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."

Adam Scott played at the PGA at Royal Pines as the reigning Masters champion in 2013 and Garcia will follow in the footsteps of his good friend by bringing the coveted green jacket to the Gold Coast.

"I am privileged to have a green jacket and have enjoyed wearing it at other sporting events throughout the year," Garcia said.

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

PGA CEO Gavin Kirkman said landing Garcia was a coup for the tournament.

"Sergio Garcia is one of the most exciting in the world golf and has always been a fan favourite so we are pleased to give Australian sports fans the opportunity to watch him in action in our own backyard.," Kirkman said.