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Can Leishman reclaim Australia's top billing?

Leishman in the sort of form to chase down Jason Day (Photo: Henry Peters)
Marc Leishman last week lost the billing as Australia’s top world ranked player as a result of the brilliance of Jason Day at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines but this week he gets the opportunity to make a statement of his own when he lines up at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale in Arizona.

Not that Leishman did anything wrong last week – he did after all finish 8th, continuing a great run of form over the last few months which has seen him record six top tens in his last nine starts, one of those his great victory at the BMW Championship.

World No. 14 Leishman has been remarkably consistent in the past year, missing the cut in only two of his last 25 starts but it has been his regular contending for events that would see him rise to Australia’s number one ranked golfer at the end of 2017.

The issue for Leishman this week however is an ordinary record at the TPC Scottsdale which has seen him with a best of 19th in six starts including three missed cuts.

He was, though, very much in the mix last year until a last round of 73 saw him slip to 24th after heading into Sunday inside the top 10 and only one behind eventual winner Hideki Matsuyama.

This week Leishman faces some very strong opposition with Matsuyama chasing a third straight win in Phoenix and  the current world number 2, 3 and 4 (Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas) also in the field.

Other Australians in this week’s field are Cameron Smith, Geoff Ogilvy, 2007 Phoenix Open winner Aaron Baddeley and Greg Chalmers.

MARC LEISHMAN'S STELLAR 2017 

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