HELP FOR LEISH­MAN PUTTS

The West Australian - - SPORT - EVIN PRIEST

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.”

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