Leishman returning to Masters after API win


ORLANDO, Fla. – Outside the top 50 in the world ranking, Marc Leishman needed a good finish to the spring to earn a spot in the Masters.

His victory Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational took care of that.

“I needed to get it done or sit at home and watch the Masters, which is not fun if you’ve already been there and played there, because you know how cool it is to be there,” he said.

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Leishman entered Bay Hill at No. 62 in the world. The Aussie either needed to win or move into the top 50 after next week’s WGC-Match Play.

Leishman tied for fourth at Augusta in 2013, the only time he’s made the cut there in four career appearances. He withdrew from the event in 2015 when his wife became seriously ill.