New season, fresh start: Marc Leishman co-leading at Houston Open

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HOUSTON – Last season was the first since 2016 where Marc Leishman failed to qualify for the Tour Championship.  For most players as accomplished as Leishman, it would have been a reason to sulk, but instead the Australian took advantage of the extra week off and turned his focus to the next challenge.

“It was obviously pretty disappointing not to get [the Tour Championship]," he said Thursday after his round at Memorial Park, "but I guess the time off, the extra week off might have helped me, might make this next season we're in now a really good one. I hope that's the case.” 

Full-field scores from the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open

Just three starts into the new season and Leishman already looks like a new man. He started the season with a tie for fourth (Fortinet Championship) and a tie for third (Shriners Children’s Open) and finds himself back in the hunt at the Houston Open.

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Leishman opened with a 5-under 65 at Memorial Park Golf Course for a share of the early lead at the weather-delayed event to continue his solid play.

“It can be a crazy game, it can get you down and you can play really well and not have a good score and play mediocre golf and have a really good score. You have to try and not let that get to you,” he said. “I think a fresh season, a new start was pretty good for me. Got me to knuckle down and just really focus and I’ve been playing some good golf.”