Leishman in contention in latest US PGA Tour event

MARC Leishman has a major opportunity to post his second US PGA Tour victory when he starts the final round of the Quicken Loans National in Maryland tonight.

Leishman, 30, was two shots off the pace after firing a two-over 73 in his third round on Sunday morning (Melbourne time) at Congressional Country Club, Bethedsa.

His effort included one birdie and three bogies and came after rounds of 70 and 66 which had earned him a share of lead at the halfway mark.

The Warrnambool professional was tied for second at four-under overall. American Patrick Reed led the tournament at six-under following rounds of 68, 68 and 71.

Leishman said he was content with his third-round efforts, despite failing to capitalise with the putter.

"(The course) played a lot different. The greens got that blue-ish colour on the back nine there," he said.

"They were really crusty and fast and firm, which is great, as they should be in the afternoon on a weekend.

"I hit the ball okay, probably well enough to have a few better (scores) but the putter was a bit cold all day.

"I'm probably happy to be in the position I am to be hoenst. I putted very ordinarily. Hopefully I'll roll them in tomorrow."

Leishman said he would have to draw on all his experiences to win his first US PGA Tour event since June 2012, when he claimed the Travelers Championship.

He said representing the Internationals in the President's Cup had taught him how to handle pressure - "it's like a major (and you're) in contention every single day".

But learning from his final-round efforts at previous tour events this year would have more relevance to how he approached tonight.

"At Torrey Pines I tried to (close out) a couple of times there, the Byron Nelson, Colonial to a point," he said.

"I think those experiences at those three tournaments will help me more just because it's individual. There are more similarities."


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