Aussie Marc Leishman makes Masters folklore

BEN EVERILL
Last updated 13:45 12/04/2014
Marc Leishman
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MASTERFUL FALL: Marc Leishman was leading early in the second round, but hit a horror run to finish missing the cut.

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Marc Leishman has made Masters folklore - just not the way he hoped.

After sprinting out of the blocks in the second round with three straight birdies to take the outright lead, the Australian spectacularly imploded to miss the cut.

In a three-hour horror stretch he played the next 12 holes in a brutal 10-over par thanks to two double bogeys and six bogeys.

It was from the proverbial penthouse to the outhouse.

The 30-year-old said it had nothing to do with the pressure of leading, rather the swirling winds played havoc with his game.

''This is as tough as I've seen it here,'' Leishman said of the breezy conditions.

''I actually hit quite a few good shots throughout the day, just the wind caught me on a lot of holes.

''I made a few little mistakes here on the greens and when there's a wind like this it's really tough, as it proved today.

''This course can jump up and grab you at any time. I got caught on almost every hole with the wind.''

The decline started on the par three fourth, where Leishman went pin hunting only to come up short in a bunker.

Looking to use the slope behind the hole as a backstop to suck the ball back, he floated his sand shot long and was dumbfounded  when it stuck on the slippery slope without feeding back.

If it was just a fraction shorter it may have gone close to going in but two putts later he had boarded the bogey train.

''That was unlucky,'' Leishman admitted.

''Then after that it went from bad to worse. But I never gave up. You never know, I could have birdied the last three holes, four holes and got right back to even par and been right in it.

''Obviously I didn't do that. Instead I shot 41 on the back  nine.''

When it became apparent he would miss the cut by a stroke Leishman summed up his third Masters succinctly.

''It was crap,'' he said.

''Although yesterday was a good day, as was the first few holes today, but then after that, obviously disappointing to finish the  way I did.''

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