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August 18 2011

6:16 PM

Leonard back on leaderboard

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Leonard has a history of success at the Wyndham Championship and got off to a good start Thursday.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Justin Leonard has played in three Wyndham Championships and never finished lower than a tie for 16th.

Last year was his first appearance at Sedgefield Country Club, though, and Leonard tied for third, two strokes off the pace on the Donald Ross gem. So it was no surprise to see him on the leaderboard again Thursday at 4 under, three strokes off Jeff Quinney's lead.

"I do enjoy the golf course," the Texan said. "You can move the ball around off the tee and I hit quite a few drivers, hit a few 3-woods and it never gets boring, which is nice. It's a very nice golf course and I really like it."

Having a comfort zone this week is even more important considering Leonard entered the Wyndham Championship ranked 142nd in the FedExCup. He needs a big week just to make the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup for the fifth straight season.

"I'm trying to build a little bit of momentum," Leonard said. "Obviously it's been a disappointing and frustrating year but my game has been better the last few weeks. I haven't been able to get really good scores out of it and so I would love to play well this week and make the Playoffs but really just I want to kind of build the things on I'm working on and see if some good things happen and I'm going to play a few events in the fall. 

"Hopefully I'd certainly like to be playing next week."

Leonard certainly played solidly on Thursday, hitting 10 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation. He didn't make a bogey and used just 29 putts.

"Drove the ball really well," Leonard acknowledged. "Hit the ball, didn't hit the ball too close but made some nice two putts from longer range when I needed to and, you know, nice to make a few birdies."

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