Marc Leishman

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Marc Leishman
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Leishman at the 2018 Quicken Loans National
Personal information
Full nameMarc A. Leishman
Born (1983-10-24) 24 October 1983 (age 39)
Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg)
Sporting nationality Australia
ResidenceVirginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
Audrey Hills
(m. 2010)
Turned professional2005
Current tour(s)PGA Tour of Australasia
LIV Golf
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins13
Highest ranking12 (22 October 2017)[1]
(as of 22 January 2023)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour6
European Tour1
Asian Tour1
Sunshine Tour1
Korn Ferry Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT4: 2013
PGA ChampionshipT12: 2013
U.S. OpenT14: 2022
The Open ChampionshipT2: 2015
Achievements and awards
Von Nida Tour
Order of Merit winner
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year

Marc A. Leishman (born 24 October 1983) is an Australian professional golfer. He has won six times on the PGA Tour. In 2009 he won the Rookie of the Year award on the PGA Tour, the first Australian to win the award.


Leishman was born in Warrnambool, Victoria. He had a very successful amateur career in Australia, winning many junior tournaments. He won the Warrnambool Club Championship as a 13-year-old while playing in the same group as his father. In 2001 he won the Victorian Junior Masters, the South Australian Junior Masters and was the Victorian Boys champion.

He turned professional in 2005. He played on the Von Nida Tour in 2006, winning two tournaments and topping the order of merit. In 2007, he played his rookie season on the Nationwide Tour finishing 92nd on the money list. He won his maiden title on the Nationwide Tour in 2008 at the WNB Golf Classic by a record-equaling (with Chris Smith) eleven shots.[2] He finished the year 19th on the money list to earn his PGA Tour card for the 2009 season.

Leishman was voted the Rookie of the Year in 2009 after recording three top-10 finishes, which included a runner-up finish behind Tiger Woods at the BMW Championship, the third of the four FedEx Cup playoff events. Leishman subsequently qualified for the season ending Tour Championship. He ended the year 53rd on the money list. He recorded his second runner-up finish of his PGA Tour career at the Farmers Insurance Open in 2010. He finished inside the top 100 on the money list in both 2010 and 2011. He reached the BMW Championship in both seasons.

Leishman won his first tournament after 96 starts on the PGA Tour in June 2012 at the Travelers Championship, coming from six strokes back of the 54 hole leaders to win by a stroke.[3] He shot a final round of 62, which included eight birdies and no bogeys to match his career best round and second best comeback in the tournament's history. He became the second Australian to win the event after Greg Norman in 1995.

At the 2013 Masters Tournament, Leishman was the co-leader after the opening round, alongside Sergio García, as he shot a six under total of 66. He maintained his challenge over the second and third rounds to go into the final day two strokes behind the leaders. He finished T-4 with Tiger Woods, four shots off the lead.

In July 2015, in The Open Championship at St Andrews, Leishman finished as joint runner-up after losing in a four-hole aggregate playoff during a Monday finish to the delayed tournament. After coming close to missing the cut after the first two rounds, Leishman shot a 64 during the third round and a 66 in the final round to finish in a tie for first place with Zach Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen. Leishman did have the sole lead of the Championship with six holes to go during the final round but bogeyed the 16th hole to drop back to 15-under-par and an eventual tie. In the resulting four-hole playoff, after finding a divot with his tee shot at the first hole, this led to a bogey while Johnson and Oosthuizen opened with birdies to open up a two-stroke gap over Leishman. A further bogey at the third hole left him three strokes behind on the final hole and out of contention but his tie for second place gave him his best performance in a major to date.[4]

On 19 March 2017, Leishman won his second PGA Tour event, the Arnold Palmer Invitational. On 17 September 2017, he claimed his third PGA Tour event, the BMW Championship with a tournament record −23. On 14 October 2018, Leishman shot a 7-under 65 in the final round to win the CIMB Classic by five strokes and equal Justin Thomas' tournament record of 26-under-par in 2015 on the TPC Kuala Lumpur West course.

In December 2019, Leishman played on the International team at the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. The U.S. team won 16–14. Leishman went 1–2–2 and halved his Sunday singles match against Rickie Fowler.[5]

In January 2020, Leishman won the Farmers Insurance Open for his fifth PGA Tour title. Leishman shot a final round 65 to come from behind and defeat Jon Rahm by one stroke.

In April 2021, Leishman won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He was partnered with countryman Cameron Smith. The duo won in a playoff over Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.[6] Leishman competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, held in July/August 2021, in the men's competition, finishing 51st.[7]

In August 2022, it was announced that Leishman had joined LIV Golf.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Leishman is married to Audrey and they have three children. They live in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.[9]

On 31 March 2015, Audrey admitted herself to hospital suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome. Leishman returned from preparations for the 2015 Masters Tournament to be with her. She was put in an induced coma, and toxic shock began to affect her organs. She was given a 5% chance of recovery. In mid-April, she had recovered enough to return home,[9] and Leishman resumed the Tour in New Orleans. He and his wife created the Begin Again Foundation which aids families who need assistance with medical expenses.[10]

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 2001 Victorian Junior Masters, Victorian Boys Championship, South Australian Junior Masters
  • 2005 Lake Macquarie Amateur

Professional wins (13)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (6)[edit]

FedEx Cup playoff events (1)
Other PGA Tour (5)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 24 Jun 2012 Travelers Championship −14 (68-66-70-62=266) 1 stroke United States Charley Hoffman, United States Bubba Watson
2 19 Mar 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational −11 (71-66-71-69=277) 1 stroke United States Charley Hoffman, United States Kevin Kisner
3 17 Sep 2017 BMW Championship −23 (62-64-68-67=261) 5 strokes United States Rickie Fowler, England Justin Rose
4 14 Oct 2018 CIMB Classic1 −26 (68-62-67-65=262) 5 strokes United States Bronson Burgoon, Argentina Emiliano Grillo,
United States Chesson Hadley
5 26 Jan 2020 Farmers Insurance Open −15 (68-72-68-65=273) 1 stroke Spain Jon Rahm
6 25 Apr 2021 Zurich Classic of New Orleans
(with Australia Cameron Smith)
−20 (63-72-63-70=268) Playoff South Africa Louis Oosthuizen and South Africa Charl Schwartzel

1Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour

PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2015 The Open Championship United States Zach Johnson, South Africa Louis Oosthuizen Johnson won four-hole aggregate playoff;
Johnson: −1 (3-3-5-4=15),
Oosthuizen: E (3-4-5-4=16),
Leishman: +2 (5-4-5-4=18)
2 2017 CJ Cup United States Justin Thomas Lost to birdie on second extra hole
3 2021 Zurich Classic of New Orleans
(with Australia Cameron Smith)
South Africa Louis Oosthuizen and South Africa Charl Schwartzel Won with par on first extra hole

European Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 6 Dec 2015
(2016 season)
Nedbank Golf Challenge1 −19 (68-68-66-67=269) 6 strokes Sweden Henrik Stenson

1Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2015 The Open Championship United States Zach Johnson, South Africa Louis Oosthuizen Johnson won four-hole aggregate playoff;
Johnson: −1 (3-3-5-4=15),
Oosthuizen: E (3-4-5-4=16),
Leishman: +2 (5-4-5-4=18)

Nationwide Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 12 Oct 2008 WNB Golf Classic −21 (67-66-66-68=267) 11 strokes United States Keoke Cotner

Korean Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 21 May 2006 SBS Jisan Resort Open −18 (61-69-70-70=270) 10 strokes

Von Nida Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 19 Mar 2006 Toyota Southern Classic −20 (60-64-66=190) 7 strokes Sweden Jens Nilsson
2 15 Oct 2006 North QLD X-Ray Services Cairns Classic −5 (78-68-70-67=283) 1 stroke Australia Michael Brennan
3 25 Mar 2007 Toyota Southern Classic (2) −11 (69-65-68-67=269) 1 stroke Australia Andrew Bonhomme
4 3 Feb 2008 NAB Victorian PGA Championship −19 (67-68-69-65=269) 1 stroke Australia Kurt Barnes, Australia Cameron Percy

Results in major championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUT T4 CUT CUT T43 9
U.S. Open CUT T51 CUT CUT T18 T27 T45
The Open Championship T60 CUT CUT T5 T2 T53 T6 60
PGA Championship T48 T27 T12 T46 CUT T60 T13 T71
Tournament 2019 2020 2021 2022
Masters Tournament T49 T13 T5 T30
PGA Championship CUT CUT CUT T34
U.S. Open T35 CUT 64 T14
The Open Championship CUT NT CUT CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 2 3 4 10 7
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 12 8
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 2 12 7
The Open Championship 0 1 0 2 3 3 10 6
Totals 0 1 0 4 6 11 44 28
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 12 (2016 U.S. Open – 2019 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (six times)

Results in The Players Championship[edit]

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Players Championship CUT CUT 45 T8 T23 T24 T64 CUT T63 CUT
Tournament 2020 2021 2022
The Players Championship C CUT CUT
  Top 10

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
C = Cancelled after the first round due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2015.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Championship T63 T28 T37 T62 T42 T39
Match Play R64 R16 T51 R16 T52 R16 NT1 T28 T35
Invitational T45 3 T33 55 T41 T14 3 T52 T36
Champions 9 T11 T38 NT1 NT1 NT1

1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
NT = No tournament
"T" = Tied
Note that the Championship and Invitational were discontinued from 2022.

Team appearances[edit]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Week 42 2017 Ending 22 Oct 2017" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Marc Leishman runs away with WNB Golf Classic". Associated Press. 12 October 2008. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Marc Leishman". The Times of India. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  4. ^ "British Open: Marc Leishman takes play-off misfortune in his stride after wife's illness". ABC News Online. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  5. ^ Dusek, David (15 December 2019). "Presidents Cup grades: Captains, Royal Melbourne score high marks". Golfweek.
  6. ^ "Australian duo Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman win Zurich Classic in playoff". ESPN. Associated Press. 25 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo 2021". The Roar. Retrieved 16 April 2022.
  8. ^ Schlabach, Mark (30 August 2022). "Open champion Cameron Smith, five others leave PGA Tour for LIV Golf". ESPN. Retrieved 30 August 2022.
  9. ^ a b "Marc Leishman returns to PGA Tour after wife's serious illness". ABC News Online. 21 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Begin Again Foundation – About". Begin Again Foundation. Retrieved 16 April 2022.
  11. ^ "Leishman wins Greg Norman Medal to celebrate breakthrough year on PGA Tour". Sydney Morning Herald. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.

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