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Beer & Skittles for Leishman at Aus PGA

Marc Leishman during Wednesday's pro-am at Royal Pines. (Photo: Henry Peters)
Marc Leishman has had the greatest year of his golfing life but it was his fledgling craft beer, Leishman Lager, that captured most of the media’s attention on the eve of his tilt at a maiden Australian PGA title on the Gold Coast.

The 34-year-old – fresh off claiming the Greg Norman Medal last night following his two-win 2017 season on the PGA Tour - is among the leading chances this week at Royal Pines.

But it was the Victorian’s beer label – which is brewed near his home in the US state of Virginia - that piqued the interest of reporters at his Wednesday press conference.

“It was actually Leishman Lager,” he said when asked what beer he drank to celebrate his win at the BMW Championship in September.

“I think there's Australian hops in them.  I don't get into the recipe, I just tell them how I like it to taste.”

“It's become really popular in the Virginia Beach area, so it would be nice if we could make it a little bigger around America and hopefully eventually to Australia.”

The logo for Leishman Lager.

It has been well documented that Marc’s wife, Audrey, almost died from Toxic Shock Syndrome and Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2015 and Leishman Lager raises money to help families affected by those health conditions.

“I don't know how many families the money from that would have helped but it would probably be over 100 families.”

Leishman turned down a start in Tiger Woods’ event in the Bahamas this week to make the trip to Queensland.

The Victorian’s only previous victory on home soil is the 2008 Victorian PGA at Sanctuary Lakes in Melbourne’s west and he’s yet to win a marquee Australian tournament.

“That was another reason why I wanted to come down and play, to try and tick this tournament off the box, I guess.

“You grow up and these are the tournaments that you watch as a kid and you see your idols playing them and winning them and you want to win them.  I'm no different.  I've seen my friends win them now and I would love to hoist the [Joe] Kirkwood Cup up on Sunday.”

Another factor in his decision to travel was to be there to personally receive the Greg Norman Medal.

“My wife was pushing me out the door pretty much.  She's like, "You've really got to go."  To not come back to Australia for a year is hard.”

“When you've got the support of your wife to do it, that was a big thing along with obviously the medal.”  

Leishman tees off tomorrow at 11.10am on the first hole alongside defending champion Harold Varner III and fellow PGA Tour player Matt Jones.

MARC LEISHMAN'S STELLAR 2017

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