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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 296
COVER STORY more than capable of handling the conditions. The precise ball-striking that will be needed to win this week also suits Marc Leishman. And if the wind picks up, as predicted for the weekend rounds, he will be well placed as he has been with three top- six finishes in his past four Open starts. The firmness of the par-71 will also allow him to play for position with fairway woods and irons rather than using driver, which has been his weakest link in terms of accuracy in 2018. Australia’s highest ranked player, Jason Day, has not played competitively since the Travelers Championship three weeks ago, where he fired four rounds in the 60s to finish T12. Carnoustie is no TPC River Highlands and how he will perform in the conditions here remains to be seen. His high ball flight leaves him exposed when the wind blows, but he’s more than capable of adapting his trajectory to suit but the question remains has he played enough golf leading into this week to be a contender? The remaining five Aussies – Lucas Herbert, Matt Jones, Brett Rumford, Cameron Davis and Cameron Smith – are at long odds but they have a shot at winning their first major and joining the elite club of Australian winners of The Open and the first at Carnoustie.
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