BEERS and pizza in a hotel pool in Malaysia could prove crucial building blocks in Australia’s pursuit of November’s World Cup of Golf in Melbourne.
That’s how Aussie duo Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith celebrated Leishman’s five-shot victory at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, a win which netted the Victorian $1.7 million and moved him in to the top 50 all-time money earners on the US PGA Tour.
Smith, who finished tied for 22nd in Malaysia, took a greenside selfie with the champ as Leishman walked off the 18th and the pair dined together every night during the event trying to build the perfect off-course chemistry for the World Cup.
They played practice rounds too in order to work out how their on-course partnership may work at Metropolitan where the duo will start the event as favourites.
“We had dinner together almost every night and are becoming better and better friends. We want to have a successful World Cup and those friendships are going to help that. It was nice to have someone to celebrate with too,” Leishman said on Monday.
“(Smith) is an awesome player, winning the Australian PGA last year, or winning anything is awesome. I am learning from him as well. We played a fair few practice rounds together and I have had to lift my game to keep up with him.
“That chemistry is important too. You need to not feel any pressure from your partner to hit good shots. We’re doing our best but you don’t want extra pressure from them being annoyed if you hit a bad shot.
photo: Marc Leishman of Australia raises his trophy after winning the CIMB Classic in Malaysia on Sunday. Picture: APSource