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June 24 2012

8:00 PM

Leishman takes clubhouse lead

CROMWELL, Conn. -- By the time Marc Leishman finished his post-round interview Sunday, he’d already lost his lead.

Still, Leishman’s 62 was enough to give him the clubhouse lead at 14 under -- for now. Charley Hoffman had already birdied the 12th hole to move to 15 under by the time Leishman was done talking.

Not that Leishman was going anywhere anytime soon.

“I'll be watching pretty closely, but I don't need to be anxious,” Leishman said. “I probably think I'm one or two short and that's the attitude I'm going to have, so I'm not going to be disappointed when or if someone comes in at 15.”

Nevertheless, the round was a step in the right direction for the Aussie, who has just one top 10 this season and was burned out after five straight starts. He took the last two weeks off, however, and barely touched club. The rest seemed to pay off.

“I practiced I think two times in the three weeks,” Leishman said. “It's been close for a while actually. I just get a little bit streaky with the putter, and I haven't been lately.”

Especially Sunday.

Leishman had just 24 putts in the final round and was perfect from inside 10 feet. He was also 3-for-4 from outside that range.

“It’s just been a matter of giving myself enough chances,” Leishman said. “I've been giving myself a few chances and then hitting a bad shot and throwing a bogey or a double in there. I didn't have any holes that just wrecked my momentum.”

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