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WITB: Marc Leishman – Arnold Palmer Invitational
Marc Leishman’s victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational was the second in a week for the new Callaway GBB Epic Driver following Adam Hadwin’s win last week.
It was Leishman’s first PGA win since switching from Titleist to Callaway clubs at the start of the 2016 season.
With three top-five finishes at major championships it’s surprising we haven’t seen the Aussie in the winner’s circle more often.
Many people will remember Leishman reaching the play-off at the 2015 Open Championship at St Andrews – losing out to Zach Johnson.
Before today, not many knew that his wife Audrey nearly died from toxic-shock syndrome, a rare life-threatening complication of bacterial infections.
Doctors gave her a five percent chance to live.
So it was an emotional time for the Leishman family – including five-year-old Harvey and three-year-old Ollie – as they celebrated on the 18th green.
A key ingredient to this victory was a 51ft eagle putt on 16 which he rolled in with his Odyssey Versa #1 Wide putter.
There was also a crucial up and down on 18 where he wedged it close from 45 yards and made par to close out victory.
He averaged 300.2 yards (T31) off the tee with his Callaway GBB Epic Driver with the weight moved to the heel to help promote a draw.
Interestingly, Leishman carries a 21˚ GBB Epic fairway wood and a 21˚ Apex utility iron.
There are no real stand out statistics from Leishman’s game tee-to-green but he was second in strokes gained for putting.
It just goes to show that if you can hang in there and hole some crucial putts when it matters, you always have a chance.
Marc Leishman WITB
Driver: Callaway GBB Epic 9˚ (Fujikura Speeder Evolution II 757X)
Fairway Woods: Callaway GBB Epic, 15˚ and 21˚ (Fujikura Motore Speeder VC Tour Spec 9.2X)
Driving Iron: Callaway Apex UT 21˚ (Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130X)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 2016, 4-PW (Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130X)
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged 54˚, Titleist Vokey SM6 58˚ (Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130X)
Putter: Odyssey Versa 1W (BWB)
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X