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September 5 2011

9:26 PM

Leishman finds magic again

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. -- Marc Leishman acknowledged he was more than a little nervous.

"Honestly at the end, I thought I blew it," the Australian said in all candor.

Leishman had started Monday's final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship with such promise, playing his first nine holes in 33 to move to 7 under for the tournament. But he got swept away in the wind on the back nine, making three bogeys, one double bogey, a birdie and a par over his last six holes to shot 72.

“I really like this course and I had it going early but couldn't quite finish it off,” Leishman said. “Just a bit frustrating toward the end but that's golf.”

Turns out, though, his tie for 42nd waas more than good enough to earn the Aussie a third straight trip to Chicago for the BMW Championship. Leishman, who had to birdie two of his last three holes on Saturday just to make the cut, had started the week as the bubble boy at No. 70 but moved five spots to 65th on Monday.

Leishman had been in a similar situation two years ago. He came to TPC Boston ranked 93rd but jumped to 67th when he tied for 15th at the Deutsche Bank Championship on the strength of a second-round 62. Leishman then went to Cog Hill and tied for second on the way to earning Rookie of the Year honors. 

"None, really," Leishman said when asked what kind of pressure he felt. "I mean it was either play gpood and get in next week or not play good and have three weeks off. As simple as that, really."

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