Marc Leishman trying to end Australian shutout streak at Masters

Mark Leishman of Australia waves after sinking a par putt on the 17th hole during first round play...

Mark Leishman of Australia waves after sinking a par putt on the 17th hole during first round play in the Masters in Augusta, Georgia, April 11, 2013. (REUTERS)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:33 PM ET

AUGUSTA, GA. - Many Australians have tried but none have succeeded in winning the Masters.

From Greg Norman to Stuart Appleby to Adam Scott to Jason Day, an army of worthy competitors from Down Under have come close but not one of them has ever donned the green jacket at Augusta National Golf Club.

The latest candidate to pop his head up above the crowd is Marc Leishman, a 29-year-old journeyman who overcame an early case of nerves to put together a round of six-under-par 66 to take a share of the first-round lead with Spain’s Sergio Garcia in the 77th Masters Tournament Thursday.

As nervous as he was stepping up to the first tee on Thursday, Leishman knows the biggest challenges are still ahead.


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