AVONDALE, La. – Marc Leishman had been grinding his solution to a gap 9-under 63 alongside teammate Cameron Smith on Thursday on the Zurich Classic, so he hadn’t heard the information that Adam Scott had opted out of this summer season’s Olympics.
The information was significantly impactful for Leishman, who moved to second on the qualifying checklist for Australia following Scott’s determination.
“Excited. It was a goal of mine,” Leishman stated.
Leishman was amongst a gaggle of gamers who opted out of the 2016 Games in Brazil over considerations concerning the Zika virus, however he’s been targeted on incomes a spot at this 12 months’s Olympics, which had been postponed a 12 months as a result of of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Leishman at the moment holds a slim lead within the Olympic rankings over fellow Australians Matt Jones and Jason Day. The subject for the Olympic competitors will probably be set by the rankings on June 21.
“Obviously Matt Jones is snapping at my heels. I know I’ll need to play good until June 20, but I want to play well past that, and I’m excited. Be nice to team up with this fellow [Smith] again,” Leishman stated.