Leishman commits to Fortinet Australian PGA Championship and ISPS HANDA Australian Open – PGA of Australia
Leishman, 38, is a six-time PGA Tour winner and recorded five top 15 finishes in the 2021/22 season. The world number 63 has always played on the big stage after finishing in the top ten of major championships. six times (three times each at the Masters and the Open) and this summer should be no exception.
The Fortinet Australian PGA Championship at Royal Queensland Golf Club (November 24-27) and the ISPS HANDA Australian Open at Victoria Golf Club and Kingston Heath Golf Club (December 1-4) are the two headline events of the recently announced ISPS HANDA PGA Tour. of Australasia 2022-23 and both events are co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour.
“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.
“We haven’t been back to Australia to compete for a while now and I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Australian crowd again. I’ve always had good support in Queensland and I’m looking forward to the energy of the crowd 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 is the latest name, alongside Hannah Green, Lucas Herbert and Min Woo Lee, to confirm they will feature in Australia’s Summer of Golf.
PGA of Australia CEO Gavin Kirkman hailed the exciting line-up shaping up for the summer of golf.
“It’s great news that Marc is coming home to play our signature events again,” Kirkman said.
“He has a fantastic track record in the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship having finished in the top ten five times and he’s been one of Australia’s top players for a long time now. Australian golf fans love Marc and I know I’m not. the only one to say that I can’t wait to see him in action in November and December.
Golf Australia chief executive James Sutherland said: “Marc is a proud Aussie and a fan favourite, we saw how much it meant to him to represent his country at the Tokyo Olympics last year. His commitment to our major tournaments once again shows how much he cares about the game in this country and hearing the crowds behind Marc at Royal Queensland, Victoria and Kingston Heath will be something special.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos said: “Victoria fans are in for a treat, with the chance to rally behind one of their own for a growing range of star talent playing at the Australian Open this December.”
“We are proud to support this series of spectacular events which will showcase local talent while bringing together men’s, women’s and all-level competition right here in Melbourne.”
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said locking up one of Australia’s most high-profile golfers for the event was a win for Brisbane.
“Brisbane is proud to host the Australian PGA Championships, with the world’s best golfers kicking off their summers on the pristine greens of the Royal Queensland Golf Club,” he said.
“More than 40,000 spectators will gather to see some of the world’s greatest golfers, including Marc Leishman, play on Australian soil, bringing an economic dividend of $16 million to local hotels, restaurants and retailers.”
The Fortinet Australian PGA Championship is proudly supported by the Government of Queensland through Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane City Council through the Brisbane Economic Development Agency. Tickets, hospitality and VIP experiences are on sale through Ticketek now.
The ISPS HANDA Australian Open is proudly supported by the Victorian Government through Visit Victoria. Tickets, hospitality and VIP experiences are on sale through Ticketek now.