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Golf’s long-hitting Champ to play Aust PGA

By AAP Newswire

One of world golf's longest hitters, Cameron Champ, will make his Down Under debut this summer at the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast.

The 24-year-old Californian star joins a field including local hero Adam Scott and back-to-back defending champion Cameron Smith at the Royal Pines course from December 19-22.

Already a two-time US PGA Tour winner in his first two full seasons as a professional, world No.71 Champ will bring a lot of hype with him because of his long hitting.

He topped the PGA Tour's driving distance stats last season and is second, only behind Tony Finau, with an average of 333 yards this season.

"Cameron Champ is a shooting star of the PGA Tour... I can't wait to see him strike the ball from the first tee," PGA of Australia CEO Gavin Kirkman said.