Leishman, Jones confirm Australian PGA attendance

The PGA has today announced Marc Leishman and Brendan Jones will play the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort from 11-14 December 2014.

In his only appearance of the Aussie summer of golf, Leishman is looking forward to getting back to the Gold Coast for the Australian PGA Championship.

Brendan Jones Brendan Jones (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“I always love playing at home in Australia and I am particularly excited to be playing at Royal Pines again this year,” said Leishman.

“Last year the Australian PGA Championship was a lot of fun, the Gold Coast really embraced the golf and the support I received from the fans made it a memorable week.”

Ranked 47th in the Official World Golf Rankings Leishman is Australia’s third highest ranked player.

In his career, Leishman has represented the Internationals at the Presidents Cup, won the 2009 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year and the 2012 Travelers Championship.

“I have had a strong season in the US this year but it would be great to cap it off with a win at the Australian PGA Championship,” said Leishman, who recorded five top-5 finishes this year including a T5 at The Open Championship.

“Some of our best golfers have won the PGA title so to be able to add my name to the Joe Kirkwood Cup would be a real honour.”

“It is something that I will be working hard towards achieving this year.”

Also looking to win his first PGA Tour of Australasia title at the Australian PGA Championship is 13 time Japan Golf Tour winner Brendan Jones.

“I am very proud of my overseas success but to win the Australian PGA Championship would certainly be a nice highlight in my career,” said Jones, who is returning from a wrist injury.

“It has been a tough year with my wrist injury but I feel like my form has been returning in Japan so I am looking forward to closing out the year with a big week on the Gold Coast.”

With two of Australia’s successful international Tour Professionals returning home for the Australian PGA Championship Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia says there is a lot for Aussie sports fans to be excited about.

“The depth of Australian golf talent competing around the world is immense,” said Thorburn.

“We are very proud that so many of our players will be returning home in December to contest the Australian PGA Championship.”

“I believe we have assembled a very strong field full of Aussie talent which will provide a memorable week of golf for sports fans.”

Leishman and Jones will be joined at the Australian PGA Championship by defending champion Adam Scott, American Boo Weekley and some of Australia’s favourite players Robert Allenby, Greg Chalmers, Craig Parry and Peter Lonard.

Tickets for the 2014 Australian PGA Championship are on sale at www.ticketek.com.au with children 16 years and under admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.