Leish­man in form to take out first ma­jor

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - EVIN PRIEST

MARC Leish­man is hop­ing to top off his best sea­son on the US PGA Tour with a break­through ma­jor ti­tle at this week’s PGA Cham­pi­onship.

Leish­man has been the form Aus­tralian on tour this year with his vic­tory at the Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional in M a r c h among five top- 10s and 12 top- 25s from 20 events.

“With the win and the c o n s i s t e n c y I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced from the start of the sea­son in Oc­to­ber un­til now, it’s def­i­nitely been my best year,” the 33year- old Leish­man said.

The Vic­to­rian has been a con­tender at the ma­jors dur­ing the past few years, with his best re­sult a run­ner- up fin­ish at the 2015 Bri­tish Open, when he lost in a play­off to Zach John­son at St An­drews.

And af­ter shar­ing sixth at last month’s Bri­tish Open at Royal Birk­dale, Leish­man feels ready to take the next step on golf’s big­gest stage.

“I think a ma­jor ti­tle or the ($ US10 mil­lion) FedEx Cup is prob­a­bly the only way this year can get bet­ter. We play for the ma­jors and this is the only one left this year,” Leish­man said.

“To win it would be huge, ob­vi­ously. It would turn a re­ally good year into a great year.”

But first, Leish­man needs to van­quish his demons at North Carolina’s Quail Hol­low course. He has played the Wells Fargo Cham­pi­onship at Quail Hol­low three times, miss­ing the cut once and fin­ish­ing 48th and 65th.

With the course un­der­go­ing sev­eral de­sign changes, Leish­man is con­fi­dent of turn­ing around an un­happy hunt­ing ground since last play­ing the venue in 2012.

“I’m def­i­nitely a bet­ter player now than the last time I played Quail Hol­low,” he said.

Marc Leish­man.

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