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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 155 - The Open wrap
AT THE end of the day, it’s just a golf tournament. That’s not to be disparaging about The Open Championship, which was once again captivating in a way that only an Open can be. But when you consider where Marc Leishman and his family were three months ago, mighty achievements on the golf course seem mighty insignificant. Leishman was nothing short of outstanding over final two rounds at St Andrews. Having had two unspectacular days to begin his tournament, he’d flirted with the cut line of even par before a birdie at 18 lifted him a shot clear. But he was a different man on Sunday and Monday as he first went bogey-free for an 8-under 64 and then racked up 33 consecutive holes without blemishing his scorecard. In what seemed every bit a decisive moment, he seized the lead in the shadows of the final round. He would probably be a major champion today, if not for a misread putt at the 16th, where he finally carded a bogey and slipped back into an eventual tie for the lead with Louis Oosthuizen and Zach Johnson. But even after he faltered at the first hole of a four-hole playoff and never recovered – missing his opportunity to join golf’s most prestigious club – the Victorian was understandably carefree. WRAP WORDS BY ADRIAN BALLANTYNE
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