Australian Marc Leishman strives to take a basic approach every time he tees up for a golf tournament.
Leishman twice referenced the need to “keep doing the simple things well” when he met with the media Thursday following his first round score of 6-under-par 64 to lead the field of 76 golfers in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.
Leishman started on No. 10 with a birdie on a sunny and warm day on the South Course. He added birdies on 13, 16, 17, 2, 4, 6 and 8. He made a bogey on 18 and 7.
“To start with, I drove the ball well,” Leishman said. “It makes this course a lot easier when you’re on the fairway. It’s pretty tough when you’re playing from the rough.
“Then I hit my irons really well and was rolling the ball awesome. So, it’s a pretty good combination for a tough golf course like this.”
American Ryan Moore, South African Charl Schwartzel and England’s Justin Rose are tied for second with 65’s.
A group of four golfers – American’s Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed, Italy’s Francesco Molinari and Canada’s Graham DeLaet – carded a 67 and are tied for fifth.
American Tiger Woods, an eight-time champion at Firestone, is tied for ninth with a 68. The other golfers tied with Woods are Wales’ Jamie Donaldson, Spain’s Sergio Garcia, and American’s Brandt Snedeker and Keegan Bradley.