WARRNAMBOOL golfer Marc Leishman was maintaining a positive frame of mind after a harsh debut in the Presidents Cup.
Leishman and Argentine Angel Cabrera suffered a 6/5 loss to Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchal in their opening four-ball match at Muirfield Village, Ohio.
The result helped the United States lead International 3.5 to 2.5 after day one of the cup on Thursday.
The US were on track for a much more commanding advantage before a rain delay halted their momentum.
The United States led five contests and was square in the sixth, but ultimately had Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth to thank for securing the lead.
Stricker and Speith beat Brendon de Jong and Ernie Els one-up in the last contest decided.
Day two got under way at 3.10 this morning, Warrnambool time.
Leishman, who hit three birdies and a bogey in the eight holes he completed, said he was happy with his efforts.
“It was a good experience,” he told presidentscup.com
“Obviously big crowds and you know, cheering for the Americans, it was a little bit different but I didn’t play too bad.
“I think I had four birdies and Tiger and Kuch played really well, made a lot of birdies and they combined really well.
“When one guy was out of the hole, the other was making birdie. So that’s what you have to do to win.”
Leishman admitted to battling nerves before teeing off in his first Presidents Cup.
“I was pretty nervous but I handled them OK, hit the fairway which was a good thing,” he said.
“But you know, I haven’t been that nervous for a fair while.
“You know, first match, hopefully get that out of the way and won’t be as bad tomorrow.”
Day two featured six foursome matches. Leishman again partnered Cabrera against Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker.
Day three today will include five four-ball and five foursome matches before 12 singles matches on day four.
There are 34 points up for grabs, with either side needing 17.5 to claim victory.