THE golf career of Warrnambool export Marc Leishman will reach a new high when he tees off in the coveted Presidents Cup tomorrow morning.
Leishman, 29, is part of a 12-man International side hoping to upstage the United States in the biennial tournament at Muirfield Village, Ohio.
The Nick Price-captained International side is chasing its first win since 1998. Its best result since then was a draw in 2003.
Leishman is one of three Australians in the squad, joining US Masters champion Adam Scott and Jason Day.
There are five South Africans — Charl Schwartzel, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace and Richard Sterne.
Hideki Matsuyama (Japan), Graham de Laet (Canada), Angel Cabrera (Argentina) and Brendon de Jonge (Zimbabwe) will also feature.
The Presidents Cup features 34 match-play contests over four days, with either side needing 17.5 points to claim victory.
The cup starts with six four-ball contests from 1.45am tomorrow, Warrnambool time.
There are six foursome contests on Saturday morning and five four-ball and five foursome matches on Sunday morning.
The cup wraps up with 12 singles matches on Monday morning.
Price and his US counterpart Fred Couples will announce the pairings before tee-off.
Day, a member of the International side in 2011 which suffered a 19-15 defeat, this week said the squad had a positive mindset.
“The vibe feels like the team is really blending well together,” he said.
“(Better) than, say, two years ago when we played down in Australia.
“It was up in the air a little bit (in Australia). I didn’t think we blended as well two years ago than we did this year.”
Leishman earned his berth after finishing tied for 16th at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston in early September.
The finish meant he rose to 61st on the world rankings and the 12th among golfers eligible for the International side — non-Americans and non-European.
The International side includes the top 10 and two captain’s picks, meaning Leishman had to earn the endorsement of Price before securing his berth.
Leishman last week said he hoped to partner Scott, who he described as “an awesome player, awesome bloke”, on the Muirfield fairways.
“I don’t know what Nick’s thinking at the moment,” he said.
“I don’t know who the other guys want to play with yet, but I’d love to play with Scotty.”
He said he had sought advice from Scott about playing against a star-studded United States side which includes Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
“They said it’s a big week, almost like the back nine of a tournament on Sunday — every shot,” he said.
“It’s given me an idea what to expect, off the course as well. But they said it’s an awesome week.”