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Un-Open course suits Leish just fine

Marc Leishman
Good course management and a love of the set-up helped Marc Leishman vault into contention. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

A happy Marc Leishman said the Erin Hills course suited his game after an opening 68 at the US Open today that pushed him to a tie for seventh behind leader Rickie Fowler.

Leishman, who learned the game at windy Warrnambool on Victoria’s south-west coast, revelled in the conditions, albeit that the wind stayed down for most of the day.

“I'm feeling good," the Victorian said later. “Obviously there's a lot of golf to play. But the US Open hasn't always been my best golf moment. But as far as US Open courses go, I feel like this one suits me the best.

“You need a little imagination, hitting it in the right spots. I really enjoy this golf more than just having to hack out. It's more what I grew up on in Australia. And I tend to play better on this type of golf course, so you enjoy what you play well on."

Leishman said the course played "un-US Open-like" today, with 44 players shooting red numbers in the opening round.

“But early in the week I said to my caddie (Matt Kelly), any time we hit it in here (the deep fescue grass), we need to make sure we putt for par.

"I didn't try and get greedy out of it. Most of the time I had a lob wedge out, just trying to get back in the fairway and give myself a chance. It worked."