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October 7 2010

7:13 PM

Leonard hoping to gain momentum

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

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