In anticipation of the upcoming big season, LIV Golf members are eligible to participate in the biggest gaming events has been a hotly debated topic over the past few weeks.
It seems that one player is not embarrassed by the thought of missing out on major tournaments.
Mark Leishman, whose best performance at the Major was T-2 at Open 2015, spoke with Sydney Morning Herald about the consequences of joining a scheme led by Greg Norman.
“(Retiring from major tournaments) was one of the things I had to weigh when I made that decision,” Leishman said ahead of this week’s Australian PGA Fortinet Championship. “I have played almost every major tournament in the last 12 or 13 years. I had my chances. Obviously I want to play them, but I might as well not play them.”
Leishman, who turned 39 on October 24, realizes that the game is getting younger and his top level golfing might not last long.
“I enjoyed my time on the PGA Tour,” he said, “and I definitely enjoyed the transition. That was one of the things that drew me to him. I’m not getting any younger and you can play golf forever, but you don’t know what level you can play when you’re in your 40s.”
While he’s resigned himself to potentially no more major championships, that doesn’t mean he won’t try to make a living.
“I will try to qualify for the British Open and the US Open and if they make it to the world rankings, I would like to qualify for the Masters,” he said. “If not, I’ll watch it on TV and hopefully see Cam (Smith) win.”