Marc Leishman’s current position in the FedEx Cup would net him a cheque for $US705,000 but the Victorian has his eyes on a much larger prize.
In the revamped FedEx Cup format in 2019 Leishman is the best positioned to become the first Australian to claim the richest prize in golf with the winner at the conclusion of the three-event playoffs series to pocket $US15 million.
Beginning The Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club in New York in 12th spot, Leishman leads a six-strong Aussie assault on the FedEx Cup along with Adam Scott (21st), Jason Day (40th), Cameron Smith (79th), Aaron Baddeley (112th) and Matt Jones (115th).
The top 70 in the FedEx Cup following The Northern Trust advance to the BMW Championship in Chicago which places additional pressure on Smith, Baddeley and Jones to perform strongly at Liberty National.
There are no such concerns for Leishman who has already secured his place at the Tour Championship in Atlanta but encouraging performances in recent weeks have put a spring in his step as he returns to the site of the 2017 Presidents Cup.
A missed cut at the British Open rounded out a disappointing 2019 majors campaign but Leishman’s second World Golf Championships top-10 of the year – third at the FedEx St Jude Invitational – has provided a timely injection of confidence.
"I found something in my game at the WGC and I'm pretty confident I can continue that form," Leishman told AAP’s Evin Priest.
"I'm seeing a lot of putts go in and my irons are flying the way I want them and that breeds confidence.
"The next few weeks are a big opportunity. It was a disappointing year in the majors but I feel I can make up for it if I have a good playoffs.”
Currently the highest-ranked Australian at No.20 in the world, Scott hopes that he can repeat his win at Liberty National of six years ago at The Barclays in order to avoid a third straight winless season on the PGA TOUR for the first time in his career.
Ranked 76th in the world prior to last year’s US PGA Championship, Scott’s stellar play in 2019 has not yet transferred into a victory, two runner-up finishes among six top-10s this season.
"You never deserve to win, but I want to win badly," Scott told AAP.
"I've played a lot of good golf this year. But I have got the least out of my good golf; I have had a few poor finishes when I was in contention in the big events.
"Liberty National is a good course for me; it's a bit like a resort course and I grew up on a lot of them in Queensland.”
Cameron Smith was given the honour earlier in the week of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a New York Mets baseball game, his effort finishing perfectly over the plate.
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