Marc Leishman has made peace with his decision of switching his allegiance to the lucrative yet controversial LIV Golf Series. The Australian jumped ship to LIV earlier in the season which has seen his world ranking spiral down to no. 71, making him ineligible for automatic qualification for the major championships.
The Aussie had been in the top 50 spots ever since 2017 and because of this, he had the privilege to participate in 30 consecutive majors. He managed to be inside the first ten on six of those occasions. It is a completely different story now for Marc as LIV players are not given OWGR points for playing in LIV events.
Leishman has conveyed that he is ok with the current situation. He says – “(Not playing the majors) was one of the things I had to weigh up when I did make the move (to LIV)“, just days before the Australian PGA Championship.
It has been quite a journey for Marc Leishman on the PGA Tour
Leishman has been playing in the PGA Tour consistently for more than a decade and reckons that he had plenty of chances but with only six wins to his name, he could have done a lot better given his age. “I’ve played at pretty much all the majors for the last 12 or 13 years. I’ve had my chances. Obviously, I want to play them, but I’m fine not playing them”, said Marc on his PGA Tour journey.
Marc does not have any regrets about his PGA Tour journey. “I’ve loved my time on the PGA Tour and I certainly enjoyed the transition”, he stated. “That was one of the things that drew me to it. I’m not getting any younger and you can play golf forever, but you don’t know how high a level you can play at as you get at into your 40s.”
With LIV Golf‘s issues not going away anytime soon, Marc’s ranking is bound to drop further thus preventing him to qualify for the majors, although he seeks other methods for it. “I’ll try to qualify for the British Open and the U.S. Open and if the world rankings happen, I’d love to get into the Masters,” he reckons. “If not, I’ll watch it on the TV and hopefully watch Cam [Smith] win it.” Marc Leishman seems to be taking this pretty well for somebody in his position.