HELP FOR LEISHMAN PUTTS
Marc Leishman has credited long-time caddie Matthew Kelly for noticing a flaw in his putting, which helped turn around his form just in time for the US Open at Pebble Beach.
Leishman endured a rough trio of events, including finishing 49th at the US Masters and missing the cut at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black last month.
But Kelly, Leishman’s childhood mate and caddie for more than a decade, noticed he was indecisive on putts from close range.
“Matty and I found something on the greens and now we are reading all the short putts together,” he said.
“Anything from within 10 feet of the hole, we read together. He gives me a more specific target and I feel really good with the putter now.”
The change paid instant dividends when Leishman finished fifth at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio two weeks ago — his first top five on the PGA Tour since February.
World No.21 Leishman now feels confident of performing well at the US Open, where his best finish has been 16th.
“I don’t have the highest expectations for US Opens because I haven’t done so well in the past,” he said. “But it may be a good thing because you play more relaxed golf.”