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Fowler ready for Down Under debut

American sensation Rickie Fowler is all set to make his professional debut Down Under at the Australian PGA Championship beginning Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Coolum Golf Course.

It’s the 23-year-old's third visit to Australia—he won the world amateur title at Adelaide in 2008 and played in another amateur event at Melbourne’s Yarra Yara course the following year.

After playing at a pro-am with Greg Norman, Fowler, while excited to be in Australia again – he took his family sightseeing upon arrival -  he confessed that the greens at Coolum were playing “slower and softer” than he liked.

“I’m looking forward to it staying firm and getting quicker,” Fowler said. “There is a lot of variety off the tee so I don’t think I’ll just hit driver off everywhere, so I’m looking forward to the week. Hopefully the rain will stay away so the course can firm up a bit.”

At the other end of the age-scale, 52-years-old veteran and reigning Australian PGA Champion Mitch Senior is still as confident as any young buck when it comes to his chances at retaining his title at this week’s tournament.

“The way I'm playing at the moment, I've told my friends to have a little wager," said Senior.

As the defending champion and winner of 27 tournaments as a professional, Senior could still spring a surprise for the young stars of the course who will be attending the Hyatt Regency course today. If so, Senior could well add to the $US1.4 million he has earned on the Seniors Tour.

Fowler will tee off the first round Thursday with Jason Day and Korean Y.E. Yang.

Watson will play the first two days with Australian Open champion Greg Chalmers and fellow Australian John Senden, followed by the marquee grouping of Adam Scott, Norman and British Open champion Darren Clarke.

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