AVONDALE, La. – On Thursday, Marc Leishman was requested his ideas on the towering cypress tree in the course of the 13th fairway at TPC Louisiana.
“I think it’s a good hole. I’m not normally a fan of trees in the middle of fairways, but I think the two that are in the middle of fairways out here are pretty good and make you think about it,” he stated on the time.
By Sunday afternoon that opinion had modified – dramatically.
During the second-round foursomes session, the Australian’s tee shot settled straight behind the signature tree and led to a bogey for Leishman and teammate Cameron Smith. On Sunday with a two-stroke lead, Leishman’s drive stopped behind the tree once more and led to a different bogey for Team Aussie.
“I want to change my answer,” Leishman laughed.
Luckily for them, Leishman and Smith held on for a final-round 70 to power a playoff towards Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, which was received by the Australians with a par on the first additional gap (No. 18).
Leishman loved a measure of payback two holes later when he chipped in for birdie on the par-4 16th gap after Smith had hit his drive right into a water hazard.
“It is give and take and certainly when you’ve got a partner you’re playing for and you do something like that, it’s fun to pay him back a little bit,” Leishman stated. “I really wanted to make that chip on 16. It was quite a simple chip, to be honest, but when I executed it, I was really, really pleased.”