Thursday, May 17, 2012
Marc Leishman's 65 leads the way so far
By Richard Durrett
IRVING, Texas -- Two eagles on the back nine helped Marc Leishman shoot 65 to take the early lead at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Leishman, who was the PGA Tour's rookie of the year in 2009, chipped in for eagle on No. 11 after a monster drive.
"I was trying to drive it up towards that right bunker, pulled it a little bit, (ended up) perfect right in front of the green there about 10-feet off the edge for an easy chip down grain," said Leishman, who was in the first group off No. 1 tee at 7 a.m. Thursday.
Five holes later, Leishman took advantage of the par-5 16th hole, hitting a 2-iron from 245 yards to about eight feet and making the putt for eagle.
Leishman hasn't had a breakthrough week since that rookie year of 2009. He was able to sneak into the top-100 on the money list last season, but had just four top-25s, including two top-10s. So far in 2012, Leishman has been more consistent making cuts in nine of his 11 events with three top-25s.
"Last year was pretty disappointing," Leishman said. "I felt like I got off to a good start and then just about nothing for the rest of the year, really. It's the first time since I've been a pro that I've struggled for a decent amount of time, just not hitting the ball as well as I would like to, not holing putts, and this year I feel like I'm doing everything a lot better."