Marc Leishman is planning revenge for the PGA of Australia on his good friend and fellow golfer LIV Cam Smith at Royal Queensland.
Leishman faced Smith at the 2018 Australian PGA event at Royal Pines.
Despite leading by two strokes in the final round, Leishman succumbed to lose by the same margin to Smith, whose win earned him back-to-back titles in the event.
Four years later, the pair would renew their friendly yet competitive rivalry, and while Smith would once again have the Home State advantage, Leishman would not go down without a fight.
“I don’t remember much, but it was a pretty good fight,” Leishman said of his fight with Smith in 2018.
“It was fun. Obviously I didn’t come out on top, but it’s always nice to fight.
“He was a bit lucky, but it takes luck to win tournaments, so I certainly don’t blame him.
“It would be really nice to get one back. You want to play against the best and he’s the best Aussie at the moment so it would be nice to face him and hopefully come out the other side this time.
This week’s event and next week’s Australian Open will also give Leishman the chance to earn world ranking points for the first time since defecting to LIV Golf in August.
Ranked 71st in the world, Leishman needs to improve his ranking to hope to play in the majors next year.
“I’m just here to play well, and if I play well enough to get into the majors next year, that’s great, and I’ll be there,” he said.
“If I don’t, I will always be right. Obviously it would be difficult to watch them on TV, but it’s a decision I made and I’m okay with that.
“I hope I can play (the majors) for another eight or 10 years, but that’s one of the things I weighed when I made the decision to go to LIV, that I couldn’t. maybe play them more.
“I definitely don’t want to put the majors down because I’d like to be there.
“I just understand that I made the decision at the time. LIV didn’t have World Golf Ranking points and I understood that was part of it.
Leishman said he plans to play no more than 20 events next year, including the 14 on LIV’s expanded tour.
“I will be playing LIV events and coming back here to Australia. It’s good for family life and good for golf-life balance for sure, which is why I did it (switched to LIV).
“Obviously there were a lot of positives, and obviously money was a factor, timing was a factor, and being back in Australia was a big reason for that, and you can do good things with money. ‘silver.”
Leishman took the start at 11am (Queensland time) on Thursday in a field that includes fellow Australian Min Woo Lee and Poland’s Adrian Meronk.
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