Golf can be punishing – just ask Marc Leishman.
The affable Victorian landed many punches on Chambers Bay today, but every time the US Open layout lashed back, it caught him flush.
The world No.53 felt like he hit about four poor shots in his opening three-over-par 73 today and all – plus a three-putt – cost him a bogey.
“I birdied the (opening) 10th, hit two really good shots into 11 and three-putted,” the Warrnambool giant said of his rollercoaster start.
“I birdied 12, then my first bad shot was on 13 and I took a bogey.
“Then after that it was pretty steady.
“I pulled my tee shot on six and it caused bogey.
“I pushed my tee shot on the eighth and if had been 2m shorter I would have got a (free) drop, but I ended up in a huge footprint and that was an automatic bogey after that almost.
“Then I actually made a good bogey on nine after hitting it in a spot that was impossible.
“Just every time I did something slightly wrong, I got punished severely.”
“The one on eight I was on a gravel track, and I really feel like I should have got a drop, but I was 2m too far and that’s just the way it goes sometimes.”
Leishman remained typically upbeat, vowing a slightly different approach – and a rarely heard plea for USGA officials to make the course far tougher for the second round.
“I’ve just got to take my opportunities and hope they wind it up a lot,” he said.
“Especially being off early tomorrow because I feel like the scores were really good today and hopefully they make it a bit tougher and I can get rewarded for good play.
“You feel like you’re always on the defensive here, and I probably could have attacked a little more so hopefully I can take that on a bit tomorrow.”