Marc Leishman agrees to play Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship

Australia’s summer of golf has been given a big boost with Marc Leishman committing to play the two biggest events on the calendar.

The six-time PGA Tour winner has been signed to play in the Australian PGA Championship in Brisbane on November 24 and the Australian Open in Victoria on December 1.

Leishman joins Lucas Herbert, Min Woo Lee and Hannah Green as confirmed big names returning this summer, while world No. 2 Cameron Smith is still widely expected to play.

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For Leishman, it will be the first time he has played in Australia since the 2019 Presidents Cup.

“My family and I can’t wait to get back to Australia and I can’t wait to win in front of a home crowd,” said Leishman, whose last professional victory in Australia was the Victorian PGA Championship in 2008.

“We haven’t been back to Australia to compete for a while now and I’m looking forward to performing in front of the Australian crowd again.


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“I’ve always had 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 Presidents Cup 2019 and the crowd in Melbourne were amazing. It will be great to experience a similar atmosphere in Victoria and I can’t wait to see some familiar faces come from my home town of Warrnambool.

Leishman has five top-10 finishes in the Australian PGA Championship, while he is likely to be a major factor on the Melbourne sandbelt where the Australian Open will be held.

A total of $2,000,000 in prize money will be up for grabs at the Australian PGA Championship and $1,700,000 at the Australian Open.

Golf Australia chief James Sutherland said in a statement: “Marc is a proud Australian and a fan favourite, we have seen how much it means to him to represent his country at the Tokyo Olympics this year. last.

“His involvement in our major tournaments once again shows how much he cares about the game in this country.

“Hearing the crowd behind Marc at Royal Queensland, Victoria and Kingston Heath will be something special.”

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