Retrieved 27 April 2020, 11:30 IST
Mark Lesman is yearning for a “very different” Masters, while the PGA Tour star is still dreaming of winning gold for Australia at the Olympic Games.
Originally scheduled for April, the Masters-Coron virus was postponed due to the epidemic, and organizers have set November 9-15 as the rescheduled Major as the scheduled date.
Lechman, ranked 15th in the world, has twice finished in the top ten of the Iconic Masters – his best result tied Georgia to fourth place in 2013.
Asked about the November Masters, five-time PGA Tour champion Leshman told Status Performer: “Green vegetables usually grow in November. I have a friend who is a member there and he always tried to get me there in November.
“My guess is that if the course is not better in November than in April, very good, very different, there will be different grasses, there will be different winds, there will be no flowers.
“It will be totally different but hopefully we can play with the crowd and achieve that environment because it’s one of the best things in the tournament.”
The rescheduled Masters will form part of the condensed PGA Tour schedule – a combination of 36 events instead of the original 49 – due to the COVID-19 crisis, which has spread the devastation of the sport around the world.
The PGA Tour is planning to resume closed-door tournaments in the second week of June after suspending or shutting down several events since mid-March in an effort to spread the coronavirus.
The US PGA Championship, originally scheduled for May, has been postponed to August, ahead of the tournament, which concludes the tour season with a combination of FedEx Cup play-offs.
In September, three months after the initial start, the US Open will be held in New York, two days before the Ryder Cup runs, the Open has been canceled.
Leishman, who claimed the January Farmers Insurance Open, has secured the top three in the seventh place in the FedEx Cup standings after a quick start before Golf’s suspension, and Arnold Palmer Invitational (second) has achieved the top three.
When Leshman asked how he would do it, “After this huge spell, it will probably end two, three months ago, so I guess it would be easier to come back and try to play everything because we didn’t do anything.” Go to the packed schedule.
“But I’m still going to try to play my normal schedule, which will probably be reasonably light, so I’m fresh to run at the end of the year – PGA, play-offs, etc. It’s flat out and hopefully there will be a tour of Australia as well. Until everything goes well. And as long as we can travel, there will be a good deal of busyness, even if it’s busy. “
The coronavirus epidemic forced the Olympic Games to be postponed until 2021 – Tokyo was scheduled to begin in early July 2020.
But Lisman – who grew up in the Victorian town of Warnbull and represented the international team during the December President’s Cup against the United States in Melbourne – is still looking for a gold medal in Japan.
“I was really looking forward to this year,” the 36-year-old added. “I was in a good place to be in the team. I would like to be there to represent Australia. I could not be there last time. [the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro]. My priority is to win a gold medal for Australia. “