Leishman's game a perfect fit for windy Nelson


IRVING, Texas – The breeze was blowing at the Byron Nelson Championship on Thursday, so it should come as little surprise that Marc Leishman found himself on the early leaderboard.

“I grew up in Warrnambool [Australia], which is known as ‘Windy Warrnambool,’” he said. “It's always windy; it's normally always blowing really hard, so played in a lot of wind, yeah.”

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On a course where he owns a strong track record, Leishman opened with a 4-under 66 that included five birdies and just one bogey.

In five previous starts here, he’s finished 12th or better on four occasions.

After starting out with top-five results in each of his first two starts this year, Leishman hasn’t had anything better than last week’s T-23.

“I tend to do that every year, for some reason; I don't know why. Whether it's the courses don't set up as well for me or what it is, but, yeah, probably didn't hit it quite as well as what I would have liked, wasn't holing any putts, but it's becoming a trend, which I would really like to change.”