Justin Leonard’s card is safe for next season, but he apparently still has plenty to play for.
“I think we all do,” said Leonard, who opened with a 4-under 66. “I’m trying to turn somewhat solid play in the last couple of months into getting a victory, and I have some new equipment in the bag.”
That new equipment includes a new Nike driver and a new hybrid from Nike -- “It’s a good time of year to do that and get squared away with equipment before January comes,” Leonard said.
In 2007, Leonard also used a victory in the Fall at the Valero Texas Open to springboard himself to his best season in almost a decade with nearly $4 million in earnings in 2008.
“I didn’t play well through the first half of [this] year and then started to play well in late July and August,” Leonard said. “I didn’t really get the results out of it, but I felt very comfortable with my game. It was pretty consistent day to day and week to week. So now, having a nice break, I’m coming back out here for the Fall Series and trying to continue that.” -- Brian Wacker