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Leishman makes early commitment to Australian PGA Championship

Leishman playing last year's Australian PGA Championship. (Photo: Bruce Young)
The news today that Marc Leishman will play the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast is a great boost for the event, especially given that the announcement comes so early in the year.

Leishman, who is currently Australia’s second highest ranked male player behind Jason Day after edging ahead of Day as Australia’s highest ranked player late in 2017 said today he would dearly love to win the event in which he finished tied for 4th last year and claim his first PGA Tour of Australasia title.

Leishman was a winner of several events on the secondary Von Nida Tour earlier in his career and has gone on to win and contend in some of the game's most significant titles but the prospect of winning one of Australia’s flagship events is a juicy one for the 34-year old Victorian.   

“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 today.

“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 Championship.”

Leishman’s decision to play the tournament so early in the year provides the Australian PGA Championship an insurance in terms of having one of this country’s leading players already committed and will allow them the chance to leverage off his guaranteed presence in the event.

Adam Scott has been a great supporter of the Australian PGA Championship in recent years, winning in 2013 and finishing runner-up in 2014 when beaten in a playoff by Greg Chalmers.

Scott missed the cut last year and whether he is interested in playing in 2018 remains to be seen but no doubt the PGA of Australia will be keen to have him in the field and will be no doubt be also targeting Jason Day to join Leishman.

Day has not played in his home state since the days of the Australian PGA Championship in Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.

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 at The Masters.

He was in the thick of things at the Masters until a disappointing Saturday but his last nine holes on Sunday at Augusta National last month were particularly impressive.  

A late edition to the Australian PGA Championship in 2017, brought about mainly due to the presentation of his Australian Golfer of the Year being made that week, Leishman becomes the first player to commit to the European Tour co-sanctioned tournament in 2018.

The Australian PGA Championship will be played from November 29th to December 2nd.

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