Date: February 23, 2015

Grant Report – Leishman zeroes in on wins

After reaching a career high 39 in the world Victorian Mark Leishman feels he is now ready to turn his string of high finishes on the USPGA Tour into wins.

The popular Warrnambool pro plans to build on his consistent 2014 campaign which produced a string of seven top 10 finishes.

However victory was elusive and Leishman still has not been able to add to his 2012 Traveler’s Championship.

"I didn’t win any, which was disappointing, but I gave myself lots of chances and that’s important for your confidence," Leishman told AAP.

"The British Open, I felt I had a good chance there. The Bridgestone, the Masters – for a while … going into those tournaments next year, the way I  played in those this year will help."

He purposely missed the major Australia events over the summer in a bid to refresh his game.

"Sometimes when you get back after a long year in the States, when you haven’t had time to recharge the batteries, you’re maybe not as prepared for these tournaments as you should be," he said.

"I’ve prepared for this really well this year."

Compatriot Adam Scott was one of the six Australians to claim US tour wins this year, and Leishman admits he is keen to join in the action.

"It is hard to win out there. Obviously I’d love to be part of that group," he said.

"I feel like I did the right things. I just didn’t quite finish off tournaments how I wanted to or some guys just played better.

"That’s definitely something I want to do (this) year – keep contending and hopefully finish off a couple of those tournaments and get into that winner’s circle."

Meanwhile, Victorian Marcus Fraser has finished joint third in the $US1.5million Indian Open.

The tournament was won by India’s Anirban Lahiri who took out his second title in three weeks after defeating countryman S.S.P. Chawrasia on the first play-off hole.

Lahiri and Chawrasia both finished on 277 after regulation play while Fraser was one shot back in a share of third spot.

By: Robert Grant