Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Leishman makes flying start at Byron Nelson

Leishman makes flying start at Byron Nelson

Marc Leishman has fired the best round of his PGA Tour career to storm into the lead at the Byron Nelson in Texas.

Leishman carded a flawless 10-under-par 61 to set the early pace at Trinity Forest in Dallas on Thursday - the best round of his career. Merrick finished his day tied for 120th at 1 over; Marc Leishman is in 1st at 10 under; Jimmy Walker and J.J. Spaun are tied for 2nd at 7 under; and Tyler Duncan, Peter Uihlein, Ethan Tracy, Jonathan Byrd, Keith Mitchell, Aaron Wise, Sam Saunders, and Abraham Ancer are tied for 4th at 6 under.

He hit his second shot on the par-5 14th to 13 feet and drained the putt for eagle before sinking a birdie putt on the par-3 17th.

Leishman opened with an eagle, started the back nine with three straight birdies and reached 9 under with another eagle at the 14th.

"I didn't think about that", he said. "The fairways are generous but if you are off them you are in trouble".

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"I was hitting the right side of the fairways (with) good iron play and I obviously had a hot putter as well".

Leishman reads the 18th green during the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson.

A three-time major victor, Spieth - who was tied for 41st at The Players Championship - had three birdies and a bogey on a steady day, when Leishman sizzled.

Walker picked up further shots at the 14th and 16th, and he came within inches of an astonishing eagle at the last when his second from an awkward lie on the lip of a fairway bunker pitched to the left of the green and caught the slope towards the hole - his ball running narrowly wide of the cup and settling 12 feet away. By day's end he walked off the course gaining 5.677 strokes tee-to-green.

But two-time champion Sergio Garcia needs to go low on Friday to make it to the weekend after the Spaniard mixed two birdies with three bogeys in a disappointing 72.

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