Victorian Marc Leishman returns to TPC Summerlin for the first time in more than a decade as he seeks to continue his strong start to the 2021-2022 PGA Tour season at the Shriners Children’s Open in Las Vegas.

With the CJ Cup to follow next week also in Vegas, a two-week swing in the Nevada desert was obviously too good an opportunity for Leishman to pass up despite a limited and less-than-stellar record at the venue.

The 2009 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Leishman’s debut at TPC Summerlin was his final event of the season and resulted in a missed cut with rounds of 75-71. Twelve months later he reversed the scores but endured the same outcome, again not required for the weekend action.

The 37-year-old had not played in Vegas for a decade before taking part in last year’s CJ Cup at Shadow Creek that was moved from Korea due to COVID-19 and again he failed to break 70, finishing tied for 52nd in the limited-field event.

Facing the prospect of being unable to return to Australia this summer, Leishman has sought to make an early impression on the FedEx Cup points list, currently in ninth spot after finishing tied for fourth at the Fortinet Championship, in his only start of the young season to date.

Despite attending the University of Nevada-Las Vegas for one year prior to turning professional in 2000, Adam Scott’s experience at TPC Summerlin is even less than Leishman’s.

Perhaps imbibing the desert air of his college days brought back fond memories as Scott opened with a round of five-under 66 on debut in 2019, following it up with a round of 67 to be five strokes off the lead. A third round of six-under 65 moved Scott up to a share of eighth through 54 holes but a final round of three-over 74 resulted in a tumble down the leaderboard on Sunday.

Another name familiar to Aussie golf fans who is an unexpected inclusion in this week’s PGA Tour field is 2010 British Amateur champion Jin Jeong.

Jeong, who moved to Melbourne from Korea as a 16-year-old and now lives in the US, has spent the past two years teaching after injury curtailed what was a promising start on the European Tour. Winner of the 2013 Perth International, Jeong’s last appearance on a major tour was at the 2018 Oates Vic Open but he shot 63 in qualifying on Monday to book his ninth appearance on the PGA Tour.

• If the Aussie boys are chasing some good fortune in Vegas this week in an event that has been good to their countrymen in the past, Hannah Green will be hoping that her pro-am performance at the LPGA Tour’s Cognizant Founders Cup in New Jersey is a good omen for the week ahead.

With her first swing of the day Green made an ace that shocked the West Australian even more so than her playing partners.

Elsewhere, the equation is simple for Robyn Choi at the Symetra Tour Championship in Florida; win and earn promotion to the LPGA Tour in 2022.

Six of the top 10 in the Race to the Card have already done enough to move up next year with Choi needing a victory to move from her current position of 23rd to inside the top 10.

Round one tee-times (AEDT)

PGA Tour

Shriners Children’s Open
TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada
1:13am Cam Davis, Nick Taylor, Kevin Tway
11:13am* Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Viktor Hovland
1:57am Marc Leishman, Kevin Chappell, William McGirt
6:13am* Matt Jones, Michael Thompson, Lee Hodges

Defending champion: Martin Laird
Past Aussie winners: Greg Norman (1986), Stuart Appleby (2003), Andre Stolz (2004), Rod Pampling (2017)
Top Aussie prediction: Marc Leishman
TV schedule: Live 8am-11am Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday on Fox Sports 503

European Tour

Acciona Open de España
Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
5:50pm Scott Hend, Julian Suri, Jordan Smith
7pm Jason Scrivener, Daniel Van Tonder, Alejandro Canizares
11pm Min Woo Lee, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Richard Bland
11:40pm* Maverick Antcliff, Garrick Porteous, Darren Fichardt

Defending champion: Jon Rahm (2019)
Past Aussie winners: Rodger Davis (1990)
Top Aussie prediction: Min Woo Lee
TV schedule: Live 11pm-4am Thursday, Friday; Live 9pm-3am Saturday, Sunday on Fox Sports 503


Cognizant Founders Cup
Mountain Ridge Country Club, New Jersey
10:15pm Sarah Kemp, Albane Valenzuela, Lindsey Weaver
10:37pm* Katherine Kirk, Gerina Piller, Jing Yan
11:21pm Hannah Green, Hyo Joo Kim, Cheyenne Knight
11:32pm Su Oh, Ana Belac, Perrine Delacour
3:28am Minjee Lee, Celine Boutier, Jessica Korda
4:45am Sarah Jane Smith, Amari Avery (a), Mind Muangkhumsakul

Defending champion: Jin Young Ko (2019)
Past Aussie winners: Karrie Webb (2011, 2014)
Top Aussie prediction: Minjee Lee
TV schedule: Live 5am-8am Friday; Live 4am-6am Saturday; Live 3am-6am Sunday, Monday on Fox Sports 503

Japan Golf Tour

Bridgestone Open
Sodegaura Country Club (Sodegaura Cse), Chiba
10:30am Dylan Perry, Kunihiro Kamii, Ryutaro Nagano
11:20am* Anthony Quayle, Daijiro Izumida, Tatsunori Nukaga
11:50am* David Bransdon, Naoto Nakanishi, Rahil Gangjee
12:10pm Todd Sinnott, Kosuke Sunagawa, Yuki Kono

Defending champion: Shugo Imahira (2019)
Past Aussie winners: Graham Marsh (1974), Roger Mackay (1989), Scott Laycock (2002)
Top Aussie prediction: Dylan Perry

Korean PGA Tour

Genesis Championship
Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea (Links Cse), Incheon, South Korea
10:10am* Won Joon Lee
1:40pm Junseok Lee

Defending champion: Tae-hoon Kim
Past Aussie winners: Nil
Top Aussie prediction: Junseok Lee

Symetra Tour

Symetra Tour Championship
LPGA International (Jones Cse), Daytona Beach, Florida
11pm Stephanie Na, Moa Folke, Alejandra Llaneza
11:22pm Robyn Choi, Kendra Dalton, Allie White
12:28am Julienne Soo, Jaclyn Lee, Britney Yada
3:31am* Soo Jin Lee, Clariss Guce, Alazne Urizar Zapata

Defending champion: Frida Kinhult
Past Aussie winners: Kristie Smith (2010)
Top Aussie prediction: Robyn Choi

LET Access Series

Terre Blanche Ladies Open
Golf De Terre Blanche, France
Aussies in the field: Kristalle Blum, Amy Walsh

Defending champion: Sarah Schober (2019)
Past Aussie winners: Nil
Top Aussie prediction: Kristalle Blum

Champions Tour

Constellation Furyk and Friends
Timuquana Country Club, Jacksonville, Florida
Aussies in the field: Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Stephen Leaney, David McKenzie, Rod Pampling, John Senden

Defending champion: Inaugural event
Past Aussie winners: Nil
Top Aussie prediction: Stephen Leaney
TV schedule: Live 6am-8am Saturday, Sunday, Monday on Fox Sports 503

Legends Tour

Riegler & Partner Legends
Golf Club Murhof, Austria
Aussies in the field: Peter Fowler, Glenn Joyner

Defending champion: Inaugural event
Past Aussie winners: Nil
Top Aussie prediction: Peter Fowler