Leishman signs on for 2018 Australian PGA

It is difficult to believe that, with his immense talent, Marc Leishman is still a ‘maiden’ on the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia.

The boy from Warrnambool has come ever so close to winning a British Open (losing in a playoff to Zac Johnson) and also contended in the US Masters.

Marc Leishman Marc Leishman (Credit: PGA Australia)

He does have three wins on the world’s richest golf arena, the US PGA Tour, but is yet to achieve that breakthrough win in his home country.

Now Leishman is hoping he can remedy that by making an early commitment to play in the Australian PGA Championship when it begins on November 29.

The popular Victorian has become the first ‘marquee’ player to commit to one of the big three Aussie events later in the year.

And he cannot wait to get back to the RACV Royal Pines Resort where he feels he has a genuine chance of success.

“Winning a significant title on home soil is a huge career goal of mine, winning the Australian PGA Championship would certainly rank high on my resume if I were able to accomplish it,” said Leishman.

“I have played well at RACV Royal Pines Resort over the past few years.

“I definitely think it is a layout that suits my game so I believe winning there is within my grasp.

“Obviously a lot of different things need to align to win a golf tournament but I will be preparing myself to the best of my ability to put in a good showing at the Australian PGA.”

Leishman has enjoyed a strong start to his 2018 PGA TOUR season already recording four top-10 results including a tied seventh at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and outright ninth behind Patrick Reed at The Masters.

“Marc has always been a wonderful supporter of Australian golf and one of my personal highlights of the 2017 season was watching Marc receive the Greg Norman Medal,” said Gavin Kirkman, CEO of the PGA of Australia which owns the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.

Tickets to see Marc Leishman play in the Australian PGA Championship from 29 November to 2 December at RACV Royal Pines Resort are now on sale at Ticketmaster.

General admission to the Australian PGA Championship is $25* when purchased at the gate or via Ticketmaster with children, 16 and under, granted free admission when attending with a paying adult.