Leishman withdraws from PGA's Greenbrier

Marc Leishman has withdrawn from the PGA event at Old White TPC following an opening round 76, a day after being struck by an errant ball in the Pro-Am.

13-Sep-2019 By Australian Associated Press

Marc Leishman has been forced to withdraw from the PGA tournament at The Greenbrier after succumbing to a back injury sustained under bizarre circumstances in the Pro-Am.

The Australian shot an opening round six-over-par 76 at the Old White TPC on Thursday, but was in pain after being struck in the back by a playing partner on Wednesday.

Leishman was accidentally hit on the right side of his lower back with an errant approach shot after he thought the player had already picked up.

While he wasn't in the line of play, he was struck from 100 yards out.

"I can't blame anything I did today on that," Leishman told Golf Digest charitably. "But it did hurt at the time.

"I was good until yesterday," said the Australian. "This is frustrating, yeah. I was looking forward to getting the season off to a good start."

Leishman began with a birdie on the first but a bogey on the next followed by a double on the par-four sixth took him to two over at the turn.

He then birdied the 10th before back-to-back bogeys on 13 and 14 were followed by a triple on the par-four 16th.

American Robbie Shelton shot an eight-under 62 to lead by two from defending champion Kevin Na, Lanto Griffin, Mark Hubbard, rookie Scott Harrington and Zack Sucher.

Brian Harman, Sung Kang of South Korea, Harold Varner III and Jimmy Walker topped the group at 65.

One behind them in a cluster of 15 players is South Korean Im Sung-jae.

The 2018-19 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year had further reason to celebrate after notching a hole-in-one on the par-three 15th over 223 yards with his four-iron.

It was the second ace on the US Tour for Im, who finished 19th in the FedEx Cup standings last month and is the only rookie to make it to the Tour Championship.

Cameron Smith and Cameron Percy, both on three-under 67, are the best of the Australians and in a tie for 32nd.

A shot further back is Matt Jones while Rod Pampling is on one under.


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