Marc Leishman had to explain to the locals what a “blinder” was, after declaring he would need one in Atlanta this week to snatch the biggest prize in golf.
The genial Aussie had the opposite of a blinder in Illinois, finishing a staggering 34-shots behind eventual winner, Jon Rahm, in the penultimate season event after opening with a horrid 80.
Leishman, who played the final two rounds of the BMW Championship on his own, finished dead-last but still qualified for this week’s Tour Championship where the $20 million FedEx Cup is up for grabs.
Cameron Smith was the only other Aussie to make it after a final round 75 cost Adam Scott his spot in the 30-man field. Tiger Woods didn’t qualify either.
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Leishman would need a stunning form reversal to contend at the Tour Championship having struggled to get anything going in seven events since the resumption post the COVID-19 suspension, with a tie for 40th at the Memorial Tournament his best finish.
He’ll already start nine-strokes behind top-ranked Dustin Johnson, the FedEx Cup points leader, when the event starts on Friday.
But Leishman knows he also needs to find some energy after battling to get up with no crowds and poor golf a combination that’s not working for him.
“I don‘t know what it is. Just haven’t been much fun on the golf course, either. It’s a tough game,” Leishman said. .
“This is why you celebrate your wins so hard because you’re going to have times like this. You hope you don’t, but like I said, it’s a hard game, and you’ve got to take the good with the bad. I’m going through a rough patch at the minute but hoping to turn that around next week for sure.
“Yeah, if I have a blinder next week, anything can happen
Leishman said he always had a good dose of perspective too, having endured his wife’s near-death experience, to keep his dark days to a minimum.
“When you‘re playing like this, it’s pretty easy to get down on yourself. I won’t say I haven’t got down on myself a few times, but at the end of the day it’s golf. I’m still in the TOUR Championship. If I have a good week next week, a lot can happen,” he said.
“I mean, if this is the worst thing that‘s ever going to happen to me in my life, I’ll be all right. It’s a bad few weeks, few months, whatever it might be, but I’ve been through a lot worse than this off the course, so that always puts things in perspective.
“It’s obviously still very frustrating, but it’s a whole lot better than sitting next to your wife in an intensive care unit waiting for her to die.”
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