Warrnambool golfer Marc Leishman carries Australian hopes at US Open

BIG STAGE: Warrnambool export Marc Leishman was the only Australian golfer to make the cut at the US Open. Picture: Getty Images

BIG STAGE: Warrnambool export Marc Leishman was the only Australian golfer to make the cut at the US Open. Picture: Getty Images

WARRNAMBOOL golfer Marc Leishman enters the final day’s play at the US Open as Australia’s sole contender.

Leishman was eight shots off the pace at the Wisconsin-based Erin Hills course after three rounds, sitting tied for 17th at four-under par.

The winner will be decided Monday morning, Australian standard time.

Leishman was the sole Australian to make the cut after two rounds after the challenging course claimed highly-ranked pair Jason Day and Adam Scott.

The world’s top two players, American Dustin Johnson and Northern Irishman Rory McIllroy, also failed to advance.

Leishman, ranked 35th in the world, shot a four-under par 68 in the opening round, an even-par 72 in round two and an even-72 in round three despite a double bogey on the 12th and bogey on the 16th.

The Virginia Beach-based talent produced birdies on the first, second and eighth holes to keep himself in with a chance.

American Brian Harman took a one-shot lead into the final round ahead of fellow countrymen Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka and Englishman Tommy Fleetwood.

World number nine Rickie Fowler, another American contender, was still in the hunt, one shot further back at 10 under.

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