Date: May 20, 2018
Author: Martin Blake

Leish clings to share of Texas lead


Marc Leishman ground out a difficult third round at Trinity Forest and will go into the final round of the Byron Nelson tournament with a share of the lead.

The Australian, who shot a career-low 61 in the first round followed by a second-round 66, shot two-under in the third round but momentarily lost the outright lead to American rookie Aaron Wise.

Wise handed back the lead on the 18th green when he made bogey to Leishman’s par, and that pair will start the final round at 17-under-par.

Leishman is looking for his fourth PGA Tour victory after a career-defining 2017 in which he jumped into the top 20 in the world.

Currently ranked 16th in the world, he would be pushing for a top-10 ranking if he won tomorrow.

Another Australian, Matt Jones, is tied-third through three rounds after he carded a 68 today, and at 13-under, also has a sneaky chance tomorrow. But Adam Scott, who is trying to play himself into the field for the US Open, dropped back to tied-19th after a one-over par 72. Scott needs to find his way back into the world’s top 60 players over the next couple of weeks to get a start at Shinnecock Hills next month.

But it was a difficult, windy day in Texas and it was a grind. “Definitely. Very different conditions today to what it was Thursday afternoon. The course is firming up, a bit windier and a different situation … a few more people out there. (I’m) really happy with the way I fought back today after a slow start.’’

Leishman said he needed his driver to behave tomorrow. “I’ve got to keep driving it well. I didn’t drive it as well as the first two days, and then the putter. You’ve got to whole the putts. If you’re not making the par and birdie putts from 10 feet, you’re not going to win.’’