Leishman first to sign on for 2018 Australian PGA Championship

Marc Leishman has pledged his continued support of the Australian PGA Championship, signing on as the first player for the 2018 tournament to be held from 29 November – 2 December.

The World Number 16, who last year won the Greg Norman Medal, will return to RACV Royal Pines Resort with one thing on his mind; winning.

Despite numerous career achievements, including three PGA TOUR wins and four top-10 Major finishes, Leishman is yet to claim one of the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia’s pinnacle titles.


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“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.

“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.”

Gavin Kirkman, CEO of the PGA of Australia which owns the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, said he is thrilled Leishman is the first player to commit to the European Tour co-sanctioned tournament in 2018.

“Marc has always been a wonderful supporter of Australian golf and one of my personal highlights of the 2017 season was watching Marc receive the Greg Norman Medal,” he said.

“We are delighted Marc will be joining us on the Gold Coast for the Australian PGA Championship this year. We enjoy welcoming home all our leading Australians so we can celebrate their achievement throughout the year at the final event of the season; the Australian PGA Championship.

“At the Australian PGA Championship we aim to create a festival of golf, Marc has always embraced the atmosphere and is a hit with Australian sports fans and I am sure will give them plenty to cheer about this December.”

2018 has been a big year for sport on the Gold Coast and the Australian PGA Championship is set to close out the year in style.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said Leishman’s inclusion in the 2018 event would again ensure a strong field.

“The Australian PGA Championship always attracts a strong international field of world-class golfers, but to have Australia’s best players also competing is what makes it truly special,” she said.

“Marc is the reigning Greg Norman Medallist and has always drawn a good crowd at this event, so it’s great to have him return this year.

“The Australian PGA Championships has proven itself as a world-class golfing event and further secures Queensland’s reputation as Australia’s best event destination.”

The Australian PGA Championship will be held from 29 November to 2 December at RACV Royal Pines Resort. For more information, visit pgachampionship.com.au.

Carla is a full time journalist, presenter and announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au, joining the team towards the end of 2011. When she is isn’t busy presenting all of myGC’s videos, bringing you the latest news or chatting live on air, Carla will often be found scoping out the hottest local events. Carla holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Bond University, where she graduated with number of First in Class and Dean’s List of Academic Excellence awards. Carla is also a well-regarded MC, singer and actor. Some of her credits include hosting the Australia’s Next Top Model Queensland Auditions for Foxtel, guest starring on Toybox for Channel Seven, and performing as Mrs Banks in The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s production of Mary Poppins.

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