Leishman making leap at Deutsche Bank

NORTON, Mass. — Ladies and gentlemen, your Final Five in contention for the FedEx Cup championship . . . Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk (ho-hum), Heath Slocum (mild surprise) and Marc Leishman.

Marc Leishman?

He of the mere two top 10s and the modest ranking of 93rd in the FedEx Cup standings entering this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship?

Yes, sir. That’s the guy. And don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of him. He’s a 25-year-old rookie from Australia, hardly notable, but man is he on fire here at TPC Boston. Starting the day tied for 48th at 1-under 70, Leishman just closed out a 29 on the back nine by going birdie, birdie, eagle, and with a birdie at the par-4 first he’s 7-under through 10 holes, 8-under for the tournament, and tied for the lead with Furyk, Stricker, and Sean O’Hair.

But here’s the beauty (and yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder) of it all . . . Leishman is projected into fourth place overall in the FedEx Cup standings. That translates into a jump of 89 spots.

Being top five in the standings is significant, because to win the overall title (and $10 million stash), you must be within the top five going into the Tour Championship.

OK, so it’s early and way, way too quick to speculate. But come on, it is worth a chuckle, is it not?

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