Mark Leishman is calm.
The 39-year-old Australian moved to LIV Golf earlier this year and his world ranking dropped to 71st, putting him on the threshold of automatic participation in four of golf’s major championships.
A regular player in the world’s top 50 since 2017, Leishman has played 30 consecutive majors, finishing in the top 10 six times since 2013, including T-5 at the 2021 Masters. However, due to the fact that LIV tournaments do not currently award world ranking points, this streak may soon end – and Leishman agrees.
“(Not playing majors) was one of the things I had to weigh when I made the transition (to LIV)” – Leishman said Sydney Morning Herald The Monday before the Australian PGA Championship.
Full game time at the Fortinet Australian PGA 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 don’t mind.”
Leishman has been a consistent presence on the PGA Tour since 2009 and has six wins. However, he realized that with age, winning the Tour would only be more difficult.
“I enjoyed my time on the PGA Tour and I definitely enjoyed the transition,” he said. “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 Leishman’s world rankings are likely to continue to drop, excluding him from the major championships, there is still an alternative path he can take to claim a spot in half of the major championships.
“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 watch Cam. [Smith] win it.”