Date: May 19, 2018
Author: Martin Blake

Leish keeps lead in Texas

Marc Leishman has continued to dominate the US Tour event in Texas, adding a second-round 65 today to his first-round career-best 61.

The  Australian, who had his best season in 2017 winning twice in the United States, has a two-shot lead going into the weekend after a six-birdie, one-bogey round.

“There always seems to be more out there, but I’ll certainly take it,’’ he said afterward.

“When you shoot a really low one like I did yesterday it’s hard to back it up. I’m happy to back it up with five under.’’

Leishman is very much at home in the linksy-style course at Trinity Forest in Dallas.

“I enjoy this type of golf,’’ he said. “It reminds me of back in Australia. I like how the ball’s running out on the fairways, I’m reading the greens well and hitting the ball well.’’

Victorian Leishman, who finished top-10 in the Masters, is continuing a strong push toward the top 10 in the world rankings. He is currently 16th against a career-high of 12th, but he would be close to the top 10 if he won in Texas this week.

The other good news for Australia is the continuing resurgence of Adam Scott, who also shot a 65 today to put himself into contention.

Scott and New South Welshman Matt Jones are both at 10-under, tied sixth.

Remarkably, seven of the 13-strong Aussie contingent will play weekend golf with Victorians Cameron Percy and Geoff Ogilvy at six under, and veterans Robert Allenby (-5) and Rod Pampling (-4) also up and about.