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February 4 2011

8:52 PM

Leishman to ride momentum

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Marc Leishman had 45 minutes to grab a sandwich and relax after he  finished off a round of 67 Friday that left him two shots off the lead in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

He was headed back to the 10th tee at 2 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET) to get the second round under way. Leishman had completed nine holes in 2 under when play was suspended on Thursday, then came back and made four birdies and two bogeys on the back nine.

"Quick turnaround but on a day like this you probably don't need too much time," Leishman said. "Just try and keep going while it's warm. I played pretty well, Hit a couple of balls in the water on the back nine but other than that it was a pretty good round."

Leishman came to TPC Scottsdale with momentum after closing with a 69 on Sunday and finishing in a tie for ninth at the Farmers Insurance Open. The Aussie, who missed the cut in his Waste Management Phoenix Open debut last year, tied for 27th at the Sony Open in Hawaii in his first start of the year.

Leishman and his playing partners, Ben Curtis and Garrett Willis, have an outside shot at finishing the second round -- depending on how fast they play and how quickly the sun decides to set over the mountains. Play was suspended on Thursday at 6:02 p.m. local time.

"We'll go close," Leishman said with a smile. "Depends if we hit the back of the field, if we get the guys on the back nine. Hopefully we can play reasonably quick and get done, save coming back and playing one or two holes in the morning.

"We'll fly around the front nine in hopefully not too many shots. It would be nice if we can just sneak getting done in and see how we go. But like I say, no good worrying about it. If we have to get up earning tomorrow, so be it.” – Helen Ross

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