Marc Leishman continues wait
BETHESDA, Md. -- Marc Leishman didn't bother going through the Open Championship qualifying last month because he had no intention of going.
With an American wife and the recent birth of their first child, he has applied for a green card, which takes time.
"It was looking like I wasn't going to be able to leave the country, so I didn't do it," he said.
But after winning the Travelers Championship last week in Cromwell, Conn., he has gone to the top of a special money list from which the top two players not already exempt will get into the Open Championship. He is likely to get a spot, and he would love to play.
But one of the conditions of applying for a green card is not leaving the country until it's approved. Thus the quandary.
"It's a good thing to have to worry about," he said.
He has spoken to immigration lawyers, and he has been approved for advanced parole, which would allow him to travel to England for the Open. Trouble is, that takes 30 days to come through, and the next major starts in 21 days.
"Hopefully, it gets here before the British," he said. "Otherwise, I'm not sure what we're going to do."
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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