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April 13 2013

2:24 PM

Leishman ready to attack Saturday

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Think Marc Leishman doesn't have a killer instinct? Think again. He bore down and beat his dad for the club championship back home in Warnambool, Australia when he was 13.

"I didn't know what pressure was when I was 13," the good-natured Leishman said.

Well, Leishman is going to find out this weekend at Augusta National as he tries to win his first major championship. The 29-year-old starts the third round one shot off the lead held by fellow Aussie Jason Day.

Leishman, who set the first-round pace with a 66, is 5 under and tied with Fred Couples. He'll play in the penultimate group on Saturday with Angel Cabrera, who rode a 69 in the third round to a tie at 4 under.

Gone are the winds that gusted to 20 mph on Friday. The sun is abundant and the temperature is in the mid-70s. Judging by the early results, Augusta National is yielding birdies again, too.

So can you attack on Saturday, asked the Golf Channel's Todd Lewis.

"As much as you can attack this course," Leishman said. "... There's no reason we can't fire at some pins, make a few birdies and excite the crowd."

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