Leishman’s last three starts on the PGA Tour have resulted in a missed cut and a best finish of 49th but today he recorded six birdies in his morning round to be two from Moore’s lead when he finished his round.
Leishman is playing the event for the 11th occasion but although he has missed just one cut in his previous ten there has been only one top ten to date, that coming in 2015 when 5th behind David Lingmerth.
Moore is playing the Memorial Tournament for the 14th occasion and although yet to win has been runner-up on one occasion and regularly inside the top twenty.
Like Leishman, Moore’s last few events have been well below his best but with five birdies in his first seven holes he established the base for a one-shot day one lead over a resurgent Jordan Spieth.
After more than twelve months struggling with a game that at one stage appeared as if it was impossible to fault, Spieth is returning to his best with top ten finishes in his last two starts.
The imagination of @JordanSpieth on full display.
He's just two back.May 30, 2019
Adam Scott is the next best of the Australians after Leishman, the Queenslander unable to take advantage of his fast start which included three early birdies and he finished with a round of 71 to be tied for 30th.
Aaron Baddeley is at even par 72, Matt Jones and Jason Day 75 and Cameron Smith 77.
Smith’s more recent form is a concern having been unable to finish inside the top 50 in any of his last five events.
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