VICTORIAN golfer Mark Leishman is hurting.
While he watched six of his golfing compatriots record victories in the US, the kid from Warrnambool could not break through despite an eye-catching seven top-10 finishes in 2014.
It pushed him into the world's top 40 but did not quench his thirst to add another victory to his golfing resume, which features just the one breakthrough win in the Traveller's Championship in 2012.
"I didn't win any, which was disappointing, but I gave myself lots of chances and that's important for your confidence," Leishman said.
"The British Open, I felt I had a good chance there. The Bridgestone, the Masters for a while ... going into those tournaments next year, the way I played in those this year will help."
Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast continues to undergo a $5 million re-design under Australian Graham Marsh, with the addition of several bunkers on the front nine challenging players at this year's Australian PGA to gamble or play it safe.
For Leishman, who freshened himself up by sitting out the Masters and Aussie Open, it is likely to be the former if he wants to close out the year with a victory in Australia's oldest golf event, starting tomorrow.
It will also mean preventing World No.3 Adam Scott from defending the title he won last year.
One of the highlights of this year's PGA will be how players approach the short par-four eighth hole, measuring just 270m.