KAPALUA, Hawaii – Some players spend the PGA Tour’s abbreviated offseason grinding away on their game or hitting the gym. Marc Leishman went a different way the last few months.
Following his tie for fourth place at the Australian PGA Championship in early December, Leishman said he didn’t touch a club before arriving in Maui for this week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions. Well, he didn’t touch a club in the traditional sense.
“I went to Topgolf a couple of weeks ago,” he said.
Because the weather has been so cold in Virginia Beach, Va., where the Australian lives, he took a couple of clubs to the popular entertainment complex, where he said he is a lifetime member, for practice.
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“I did all right,” he laughed. “The guy next to me [recognized me]. We had an end bay. It worked out well. He’s like … what did he say? He said, ‘You’re pretty good with the tools.”
Leishman was also pretty good with his tools on Friday at the Plantation Course, following his first-round 67 with a 69 for a share of the lead at 10 under par with Brian Harman.
Leishman is fresh off his most consistent season, when he won twice (Arnold Palmer Invitational and BMW Championship) and continued that solid play through the fall with top-5 finish in four of his last six starts.
If he continues that trend this week in Maui, he may make Topgolf the new go-to spot for players during the offseason.