Marc Leishman not getting ahead of himself after hitting the top of the Masters leaderboard
Marc Leishman was determined to keep his feet on the ground after racing into the first-round lead at The Masters.
Last Updated: 12/04/13 5:57pm
The Australian battled back from an uncertain start with a sparkling back-nine 31 to claim the clubhouse lead on six under par, a score later matched only by Sergio Garcia.
The 29-year-old, playing in his third Masters and just his ninth major overall, atoned for an opening bogey with birdies at the third and eighth as he turned one under.
But after a birdie at 10, he stormed to the top of the leaderboard when he carded four straight birdies from the 13th - including a monster putt for a two at the 16th - and two solid pars capped a delightful 66.
"There's a lot of golf left and a lot of hurdles to clear," he said. "If I can keep playing the way I'm playing, keep holing the crucial par putts and putting the way I have been, there's no reason why I can't contend.
"That's the goal, I've just got to try and execute it and see how we go. I think it would be a different story if it was Sunday afternoon, but it's only very early. I was trying to keep it down a little bit."
On his run of four birdies in a row, he added: "It's awesome getting on those sort of runs. I had only about a six-footer on 13, about a two-footer on 14 and a two-footer on 15.
"Then I holed a bomb on 16. I don't know how far that was, but it was in a different zip code I think.
"I never really got ahead of myself because I know that this course can bite you pretty quickly. If you miss it in the wrong spot, you can easily have have a bogey and then double is pretty easy to come by around here."