Sport Marc Leishman on fire early at Masters
Masters week leaves Leishman majors hungry
Marc Leishman says another close call at the Masters has returned the mongrel to his game as he sets his sights on the year's remaining three majors.After a year littered with sub-par performances and general lethargy in his attitude, Leishman says collecting his second top-five at Augusta National has reinvigorated his season and has him pining for the remaining three majors of 2021.
Marc Leishman has potted four birdies in his opening six holes to rocket to the lead early in the opening round of the 85th Masters at Augusta National.
Leishman dropped birdie putts in the cup on the first, third, fourth and sixth holes to shoot to four-under and tied for the lead with Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and American Webb Simpson.
The Victorian's effort on the fourth hole was world class, coming from behind the green from about 15 metres with a big sweeping downhill putt.
Leishman, who finished fourth at the Masters in 2013 after posting the first-round lead, again scored from long range on the sixth, burying a 39-foot putt to put his name up in lights.
Leishman revives Australian Masters hopes
Australian trio Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith and Matt Jones have revived hopes of the Masters green jacket heading back down under.A previous monumental Masters collapse came to mind when he opened the second round with three straight birdies, announcing himself a serious contender for the green jacket.
Matsuyama has negotiated 14 holes of his opening round as he looks to be the first Japanese player to win a golf major championship.
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World No.39 Leishman is aiming to be just the second Australian to win a green jacket behind Adam Scott.
Simpson was four-under through 13 holes as he looks to add to his 2012 US Open triumph.
Defending champion and world No.1 Dustin Johnson was even par through his opening 12 holes after a bogey on the first.
Jason Day was looking good with an early birdie before dropping three shots in three holes as he made the turn.
The former world No.1 was four-over through 15 holes while Matt Jones is the first Australian in the clubhouse following a two-over-par 74.
Scott bogeyed the opening hole to be one-over while 2020 runner up Cameron Smith had just begun his round in the last group of the day.
Big-name Masters company for Cam and Scott .
Adam Scott will partner Bryson DeChambeau while Cameron Smith has Jordan Spieth for company as Australia's Masters hopes were handed big-name first round draws.Australia's lone Masters winner Adam Scott has also been handed a high-profile draw, alongside America's Bryson DeChambeau.