MARC Leishman is determined to carry his hot early season form back onto the PGA Tour when it returns from its coronavirus-enforced hiatus.
The Warrnambool-raised professional won the Farmers Insurance Open, was runner-up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and was among the early contenders at The Players Championship before the worldwide pandemic forced golf into a hiatus.
Leishman, ranked 15th in the world, is spending time with his wife Audrey and children Harvey, Ollie and Eva at their American base during the break. His parents Pelita and Paul are also visiting from Australia.
But he remains committed to maintaining his high level on the course when the tour resumes.
"We're definitely off until at least the 21st of May, so the Masters is possibly going to be in October, November or December, sometime around there," Leishman told The Standard.
"I guess you've got to try and stay sharp. I am going to keep practicing a little bit.
"In the first bit of the year I have been playing quite well so I kind of want to keep playing golf, keep those good vibes going.
"My son has gotten into golf, it makes it easier for me now he's done that. I will go out and play with him and I don't really have to be around anyone else."
Leishman said he needed to be ready to perform "when the tour does start up again".
"It is pretty easy when you're stuck in your house, you can put on a bit of weight," he said.
"I have to try and be careful with that and stay in good condition, that's the biggest challenge for me.
"I did some good work with my coach late last year. I made a decision in the middle of last year to stay in better condition physically.
"I felt earlier in the year I was better prepared because of that."
Leishman conceded the COVID-19 outbreak had thrown everyone into "uncharted territory".
"It is a little bit of a stressful time. You look at what our grandparents went through with the world wars," he said.
"They had to fight for their country and we only have to stay at home. You've got to put things into perspective."
Leishman said playing with his children and maintaining his lawns - one of his hobbies - were keeping him entertained in isolation.
"It's just a matter, not that there is many positives with what is happening out there at the moment, but just trying to find those positives and spend as much time with the family as I can that I don't generally get to do," he said.
"A lot of the time I am away from them. So spending one, two, three, four, who knows how many months together (is great)."
"We've been outside playing with the kids a lot, I've heated the pool in the backyard so that's warm and we're out there a fair bit (and I'm) playing hockey in the driveway with the kids and that keeps you on your toes."
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