Leishman Goes Low
Australia’s Marc Leishman credited a new attitude to life for firing an eight-under-par 64 in the third round of The 144TH Open Championship at St Andrews.
The 31 year-old from Warrambool, Victoria, confirmed his mindset changed earlier this year after his wife, Audrey, spent a month in a coma suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome and toxic shock syndrome. He admitted he no longer gets so perturbed when he hits the odd bad shot on the golf course.
“When something like that happens it tend to put a different perspective on life,” he said.
“I feel like I’ve always had a pretty good outlook but now it takes a lot more to worry me.
“I don’t get annoyed by the little things that I can’t really help.
“I know that if I have a bad day on the golf course I can still go home and give Audrey and the boys a hug and there was a while when I didn’t thing I was going to be able to do that.
“The good news is she’s all right now although she’s still got no energy,” he added. “One of the side-effects of being in a coma for so long is your muscles basically waste away. When she woke up she was so bad she couldn’t lift her phone but now she’s on the mend and that’s all that matters.”
The 31 year-old from Warrnambool, Victoria, carded eight birdies and ten pars to shave one shot of the previous best score of the week recorded by Dustin Johnson in Thursday’s first round and it helped him to jump into the top-ten on the leaderboard on nine-under-par 207.
It was also one shot less than his previous best score in The Open which came in the final round of last year’s Championship at Hoylake where he carded a 65 to catapult himself up into a share of fifth place just five shots behind Rory McIlroy.
Leishman birdied the 4TH, 5TH, 7TH and 8TH to race to the turn in four-under-par 32 and then moved further into red figures with four more birdies on the 10TH, 11TH, 13TH and 15TH before missing a couple of other chances over the last three holes.
“I take a lot of good things from last year because I learned there that I can hit the shots when I need to,” he said. “I also learned a lot playing with Scottie in the last round of the Masters (in 2013). It was great to get a front row seat there because I was there to see him make some mistakes and then recover from them. It showed me you don’t have to play perfect golf to win.
“Today was really good and it could even have been better,” he added. “I hit two good shots into 16 and the (birdie) putt on 17 looked in all the way but that’s what happens sometimes.”