16 Jan 2021 | Professional golf |

Leishman surges into Hawaii contention

by Martin Blake

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Marc Leishman during his 65 in Hawaii today. Photo: Getty

Marc Leishman launched his bid for another PGA Tour win with a low round in the Sony Open in Hawaii today. The Australian shot a five under par 65 and moved into a tie for seventh at nine under par overall, just three shots from the lead. Leishman made five birdies and no bogeys, and while he was disappointed with his inability to capitalise on the par fives at Waialae Country Club, he was pleased overall. “I'm feeling good over the ball,” said Leishman. “Sort of just got rid of all that bad stuff out of my head. Ready to think about the good stuff. “Yeah, it's been a good start but a lot of work to do to hopefully leave here very happy Sunday night.” The 37-year-old has overcome a slow start to the week. “I was even through eight yesterday and got myself back in it. When you can play like that early on but still shoot 4-under, that's pleasing. I've shot myself out of a lot of tournaments, so especially the end of last year. Yeah, happy to fight like that and follow it up with a good one today.” Four Australians are inside the top 20 in the field, with Aaron Baddeley (68 today) well placed a shot farther back, along with Cameron Smith (64 today) and Adam Scott (64). Cameron Davis (66 today) also is tied-35th.

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