We wrote yesterday that Aussie professional golfer Marc Leishman was in the hunt for his second victory of the season in the Dell Championship at TPC Boston.
More importantly, it was the second event of the season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs, which would have put him in prime position to win the FedEx Cup and the handsome $US10 million that comes along with the attractive trophy.
Leishman shot a blistering 30 on the par 36 front nine, posting six birdies and three pars on his scorecard to make the turn with a two-shot lead.
His Dr. Jekyll performance on the front nine, however, rapidly devolved into a Mr. Hyde back nine that resulted in a score of 40 on the inward half and a one-under 70 for the day, taking him down from an opportunity to notch the most prestigious US victory of his career, down to third place.
Even Leishman would say that he choked, but we will spare him the trouble and say it for him.
It started with the par four 10th hole, where trying to play safe, he took an iron off the tee and hooked it badly into the water. He did an outstanding job of managing to limit the damage to bogey, but it was obvious that he was losing his command of the tournament.
Bogeys on 11 and 12 surrendered the lead. Four consecutive pars followed, far from sufficient to stop the charges of youngsters Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, two fearless players who know nothing other than full petrol at all times.
Leishman finished with bogeys on 17 and 18 and about the only takeaway we can offer as viewers of the meltdown is that to his credit, Leishman did not lose his cool.
On the other hand, even those of us who have been known to exhibit a touch of anger on some of the unforgiving miniature golf courses we frequent, have to mention that his performance in Boston moved Leishman up to seventh overall in the FedEx Cup standings and boosted his prizemoney for the season above $US 4 million.
We, too, might be able to maintain our cool given similar circumstances.