LIV Golf Adelaide 'Had A Real Major Feel' - Marc Leishman

The Australian compared the week in Adelaide to a Major and described it as a highlight of his career

Marc Leishman hits a tee shot during a LIV Golf practice round at the Grange GC in Adelaide
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LIV Golf's Australian debut couldn't have gone much better with sell-out crowds, a hole-in-one on the stadium-style party hole and rave reviews by the golfers.

The success of the event surely means that a second Aussie stop will be included on the LIV Golf League schedule for 2024. Australia has been starved of consistent high level professional golf but it seems like LIV will be bringing its Major winners back again next year, especially after players compared the event at The Grange to a Major.

Marc Leishman, one of the home favorites for Ripper GC, said his playing partner Carlos Ortiz compared the atmosphere and feel of the event to a Major, and he agreed. He also described the week as a "highlight" of his career and said that the Aussie event "certainly verified" his decision to join the Saudi-backed tour.

"This was on a different level. This was everything like Carlos was saying today, that this had a real Major feel to it, even more than some Majors, and I feel the same way," Leishman said.

"A special week I think for Australian golf, a special week for LIV. Me and Cam will have a bit of a hug later on tonight. If we weren't, which we were, we were already very happy with our decisions, but this has certainly verified it, if it needed verifying, which I don't think it did.

"I think I expected it to be huge, somewhat like this, but I was saying this morning, I've had chances to win Majors, albeit not in Australia, to have the home crowds like that, that was a highlight of my golfing career, along with all my wins.

"You can't separate wins, which one was better than another, because they're all special in different ways. But on the whole, this week was really, really special and something I'll remember forever, and hopefully we can keep coming back here for years to come."


Leishman said that the talk of the tour is that two Australia events will be on the LIV schedule next year.

"Well, everyone is talking about two, not just the Aussie guys. There's a lot of big markets around the world, and you go to places that are going to really support, not saying everyone isn't going to support because there's been a lot of sold-out crowds everywhere we've gone."

His fellow Australian Cam Smith also called for a second stop Down Under. 

"Yeah, it's been, I guess, spoken about for a few months now," the 150th Open champion said. "I'm not sure how far along we are. I really stay out of those conversations, to be honest. Part of my reason to play was to have an event here, and if we got two, I think that would make so much difference.

"I think if we come down here, just given the travel, it would have to be back-to-back weeks. But yeah, I guess we just wait and see.

"I think this is a perfect time of year to play golf in Australia. The weather is perfect. The greens are starting to get those like kind of winter browns and get really firm and fast. I think it's a perfect time to play."

LIV Golf heads to Singapore and Sentosa GC this week for event number five of the 2023 season.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

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