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September 1 2013

6:36 PM

Leishman has double the motivation

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Marc Leishman's 64 on Saturday tied for his low round of the season.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. -- Marc Leishman has been on the outside looking in at the Deutsche Bank Championship before.

It was his rookie year in 2009, and he came to TPC Boston ranked 92nd in the FedExCup but played his way into the BMW Championship with a tie for 15th. Leishman actually ended up reaching the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola that year, the only rookie to do so.

He'd like nothing better than to have history repeat itself this year, too. Leishman came into the Deutsche Bank Championship ranked 76th -- and was projected there after Saturday's second round, as well.

But the Aussie made a big move up the leaderboard with a 64 on Sunday that left him in the top 10 through 54 holes and projected 53rd in the FedExCup standings. Only the top 70 qualify for the BMW Championship and the top 30 at the end of that event get into the TOUR Championship.

"I knew I had to go out and have a good round and make some birdies and I managed to do it so it was nice," Leishman said.

Leishman has reached the third Playoffs event each of the last four years. But he hasn't played in the TOUR Championship since his rookie campaign when a tie for second at the BMW Championship earned him the spot. 

"Everyone in the field wants to get there," Leishman said. "... Not a bad tournament to get into. So I'd definitely love to go."
 
The Aussie has other goals, as well. He ranks 13th in the standings for the International Presidents Cup team, which are based on the Official World Golf Ranking. The top 10 automatic qualifiers are finalized after the Deutsche Bank Championship concludes on Monday.

Leishman likely needs to finish fourth or better to have a shot -- and the fact that Canadian Graham DeLaet, who stands 10th, is also playing well at TPC Boston could complicate the issue. But International Captain Nick Price also has two picks to make on Wednesday and Leishman would seem a likely contender for one of those should he not make the team.

"I'll need a pretty good week to hopefully get into the top 10," Leishman said. "If  don't get in the top 10 in the standings and have a good week, I might get a captain's pick -- who knows? But I've rather not need one."

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