In a real bonus for Australian golfing fans, World number 13 Marc Leishman has confirmed that he will compete in the Australian PGA at Royal Pines in late November. He adds his name to an impressive line-up including Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott. The world class fields set to compete in Australia over the coming months are as strong as they have been for many a year, with Jason Day and Jordan Spieth the headline act at the Australian Open. But today it was all about Australia’s most in-form player, Marc Leishman, confirming he will compete at the Australian PGA Championship from 30 November to 3 December.
Currently a favourite for the Greg Norman Medal and World Number 13, Leishman has won twice on the PGA TOUR in 2017.
His first victory came in March at the Arnold Palmer Invitational then six months later he followed it with a win at the BMW Championship.
Leishman recorded a further five top-10 finishes on the PGA TOUR, his most recent being a runner-up result at the CJ Cup @ NINE BRIDGES after a two hole playoff with Justin Thomas.
Leishman also represented the International Team at The President’s Cup.
“To be considered for the Greg Norman Medal is a great honour, particularly given the depth of talent in the Australian golf industry. 2017 has been an exceptional year for myself and my family,” said Marc Leishman.
“I always like coming home to play and teeing it up at the Australian PGA Championship was particularly important to me this year so I can attend the Awards evening and thank the Australian golf fans for all their support this year.
“I have always enjoyed coming to the Gold Coast, it’s a fun tournament in a fun location, I am sure this year will be another excellent week.”
A consistent supporter of the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, this will be the fourth time Leishman has teed it up at RACV Royal Pines Resort with his best result being tied 11th in 2013 and 2014.
“We are delighted to welcome home Marc Leishman and have him join us on the Gold Coast for the Australian PGA Championship,” said Gavin Kirkman, CEO of the PGA of Australia.
“The Australian PGA Championship is a celebration of golf. Each year we like to welcome home our international winners so having Marc in the field was a priority for us.
“Marc is an exceptionally talented player who has had an incredible year. We are thrilled that Australian golf fans will be able to watch Marc compete for the Joe Kirkwood Cup and that he will join us at the Greg Norman Medal.”
Leishman becomes the latest world class addition to the Australian PGA Championship field after World Number 12 Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, defending champion Harold Varner III as well as the PGA TOUR winning team of Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt.
Leishman will play at the Australian PGA Championship exclusively this summer of golf with Australian golf fans able to watch him live on the Gold Coast.
Tourism and Events Queensland Chief Executive Officer Leanne Coddington said Marc Leishman was a welcome addition to an already world-class field.
“Having Australia’s top golfer for 2017 return home for this prestigious sporting event is a great win for tourism in Queensland,” Ms Coddington said.
“Marc has had an outstanding year and joins a world-class line up that is sure to be a big drawcard for visitors to the Gold Coast.”
The Australian PGA Championship is proudly supported by Tourism and Events Queensland as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland major events calendar.
Australian sports fans will be able to watch Marc Leishman, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia in action thanks to fan friendly ticket prices.
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.
Since Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott were announced to play the Australian PGA Championship, Sunday tickets to the Lexus Marquee on the Soniq Million Dollar Hole and the Kirkwood Club have sold out. Fans who want to join in the festival atmosphere are encouraged to book tickets from Thursday to Saturday quickly due to unprecedented demand.
Article and image courtesy PGA of Australia