Leishman returning home for Aussie summer tilt

One of Victoria’s favourite sporting sons, Marc Leishman, will be returning home this summer to compete in the Australian PGA and Australian Open.

The 38-year-old hasn’t played Down Under since finishing in a share of 10th place when the Australian Open was last played in 2019.

Marc Leishman Marc Leishman (Credit: PGA Tour)

It’s also been four years since the Victorian last teed it up at the 2018 Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast where he finished runner-up behind Olympic teammate Cameron Smith.

“My family and I cannot wait to come home to Australia and I’m eager to win in front of a home crowd,” said Leishman, who will join good mate Cameron Smith, who is also returning home this summer.

“We’ve not been back to Australia to compete for a while now and I’m buzzing to play in front of the Aussie crowd once again. I’ve always received good support in Queensland and I’m looking forward to the energy of the crowd at the Australian PGA Championship.”

“The last time I played in Australia was at the 2019 Presidents Cup and the Melbourne crowd was sensational. It’ll be brilliant to experience a similar atmosphere at Victoria and I’m looking forward to seeing a few familiar faces come up from my hometown of Warrnambool.”

The Fortinet Australian PGA Championship returns to Royal Queensland Golf Club in Brisbane from November 24-27 while the ISPS HANDA Australian Open will be played alongside the women’s event at Victoria Golf Club and Kingston Heath Golf Club from December 1-4.

Both events are co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour with winners, who aren’t otherwise exempt, earning a spot on the lucrative European-based schedule.