Date: September 01, 2018
Author: Martin Blake

Leishman gets nice bounce at Boston

Marc Leishman used a spectator to help him as he carded an opening 68, three- under par, to put himself in contention at the United States PGA Tour's Dell Technologies Championship in Boston today.

The Australian had five birdies for the day, overcoming a poor start at the par-four 10th where he took double bogey after hitting his second shot into the water left of the green. The highlight came at the par-four sixth hole where he sprayed his approach to the green wide and right, only to see it ricochet off a spectator and go sideways on to the front of the green.

From there, the Victorian rolled in his birdie putt from outside 15 metres and duly acknowledged the male spectator, tossing the ball to him. Leishman is tied-eighth, three shots from the lead held by England's Justin Rose after the first round of the second of four US Tour playoff events.

Of the other Australians, Queenslander Cameron Smith shot a two-under par 69 to be inside the top 20, while Adam Scott (71) was steady and Jason Day (76) struggled.