Australian Marc Leishman makes flying start in PGA event

Annette Crawford
May 18, 2018

Marc Leishman celebrates his his birdie on the 17th hole at Trinity Forest Golf Club.

And three-time PGA Tour victor Leishman settled into the fresh surroundings, not dropping a shot as he holed six birdies and two eagles.

"It was certainly one of the best driving days I've had", said Leishman.

"Sixty-one. I'll take that".

"That's the key around here", he said. "The fairways are generous but if you are off them you are in trouble".

John Merrick hit 13 of 18 greens in regulation during his first round at the AT&T Byron Nelson, finishing at 1 over for the tournament. PHOTO: Tom Pennington/Getty Images.

Fellow Australian Adam Scott, desperate to improve his No.65 world ranking in a bid to earn automatic entry into next month's US Open, fired a four-under-par 67.

Leishman made the turn in four-under before reeling off three successive birdies on the 10th, 11th and 12th holes.

The Australian was a ideal 14 from 14 in fairways hit, and his opening hole set the tone for his round as he hit a superb 236-yard second to three feet and rolled in the putt for eagle.

"To play like I did today, I didn't hit it in too many bad spots so I think that makes it a lot easier", Leishman said.

After hitting his tee shot into the fairway bunker, Merrick hit his next to the right side of the fairway and reached the green on his third shot, rolling a two-putt bogey on the 420-yard par-4 sixth.

"It's a pretty good combination for a good score".

Reigning champion Billy Horschel posted a 68 to be three under after 18 holes, a shot better off than former world number one Jordan Spieth.

He found the target again from 10 feet at the 17th, and he confidently rattled in a testing par putt on the final green to keep a bogey off his card and end the day three clear of JJ Spaun and a rejuvenated Jimmy Walker.

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