Leish­man to stay dry

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

MARC Leish­man plans to pack “only six” gloves for what loomed as a wet and wild sec­ond round of the Bri­tish Open at Royal Birk­dale.

Leish­man was one of five Aus­tralians, in­clud­ing fel­low US PGA Tour stars Ja­son Day and Adam Scott, at one un­der par and just four shots off the pace af­ter the first round.

With two top- five fin­ishes in the past three years, in­clud­ing his play­off loss to Amer­i­can Zach John­son at St An­drews in 2015, Leish­man hopes to make up ground on the lead­ers overnight.

But he knows that may not mat­ter with rain and winds of up to 65km/ h pre­dicted.

“I don’t know about a low one but hope­fully I’ll have a good one to­mor­row,” Leish­man said af­ter com­bat­ing three bo­geys with four birdies in his opener.

“I saw it was go­ing to be pretty wet and windy as well so it’s go­ing to be im­por­tant to be re­ally pa­tient.

“You’re go­ing to make bo­geys, and pos­si­bly dou­bles. Hope­fully you don’t make too many of them and just deal with the bad stuff as good as pos­si­ble.”

To do so, Leish­man is in­tent on stay­ing as dry as pos­si­ble.

“I tested some wet- weather gloves on the range yes­ter­day ac­tu­ally, just dumped them in a bucket of wa­ter and made sure they work all right,” he said.

“I won’t take too many gloves out there. I’ll have maybe six in there, so you’ve just got to try and keep ev­ery­thing as dry as pos­si­ble and hope it doesn’t rain all day.”

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