MARC LEISH­MAN

Golf Australia - - THE OPEN -

OPENS PLAYED: 6. BEST FIN­ISH: T2 (2015). WORLD RANK­ING: No.37.

Grow­ing up in windy War­rnam­bool has pre­pared Vic­to­ria’s Marc Leish­man well for links golf; his sec­ond-place fin­ish in 2015’s Open at St An­drews at­tests to this.

The 33-year-old fired week­end rounds of 64 and 66 to match the best 36-hole score in ma­jor his­tory and make a three-way play­off against Louis Oosthuizen and even­tual win­ner, Zach John­son.

The for­mer PGA Tour Rookie of the year has col­lected two top-five fin­ishes in the past three Opens, and pos­sesses the all-round game re­quired to suc­ceed at Royal Birk­dale.

Leish­man is strong off the tee, hits nearly 70 per­cent of greens in reg­u­la­tion, and is ranked in­side the top-10 for a scor­ing av­er­age of 69.82. He’s also Aus­tralia’s most re­cent in­di­vid­ual win­ner on the PGA Tour af­ter claim­ing his sec­ond ca­reer vic­tory at the Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional. WIN­NING ODDS: $51*.

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