Leishman got off to a hot start, making seven birdies in the first 13 holes. "I wish it could be like that every week". McIlroy, from Northern Ireland, said the 2000 NBA Finals is what led him to follow basketball. Woods won the first of his 82 titles on the PGA Tour on October 6, 1996, at the Las Vegas Invitational. A 14-foot birdie putt at No. 11 was followed by nine-foot par save at 12. Leishman started the day four shots back of the 54-hole leader Jon Rahm, but Rahm and his playing partner Rory McIlroy both struggled badly out of the gate, while Leishman set Torrey South's front nine on fire with a blistering five-under par 31.
Rahm needed an eagle at 18 to tie Leishman, and he'd pulled off that feat before in the final round of the Spaniard's Farmers victory in 2017.
"Unfortunately, I couldn't go to the one in Rio but this is a priority for me".
"I would love to be there in Tokyo", Leishman proclaimed, his wife Audrey's fragile immune system in the wake of her sepsis near-death experience a risk he wasn't prepared to take amongst concerns of the Zika virus in Brazil in 2016. Only after the round did Woods learn Bryant had died in a helicopter crash about 30 minutes north of Los Angeles.
Leishman has suffered through his own hard life circumstances.
There has been an energy beyond just golf because Leishman too has been driving fundraising support to fight the devastating bushfires and their aftermath in Australia.
Woods told CBS that he had only learned of Bryant's death after he finished his round. "It's disgusting to see someone who's so successful die in a tragedy like that".
It appeared for an instant as though Woods had scored what would be one of the most memorable eagles of his career - but it seems as though the course had other ideas. "The first hole, second shot was unbelievable for me", Wu said. Rahm closed with a 70.
The 27-year-old Swede and former LSU star opened with a 72, shot a career-best 62 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead and doubled her advantage Saturday with a 67.
Woods and Bryant had a close relationship and their bond included how they approached a big game or event. "We're in a playoff.' He's like, 'Nope, he birdied 18.' And I didn't hear any roars or anything, so I just assumed he parred", Rahm said. He hadn't looked at a scoreboard and didn't think there was much commotion on the green when Leishman finished.
"A bit of extra practice early in the week on the putting green".
"When Adam told me the news, he's like, 'Hey, good try.' I'm like, 'What do you mean?" You can be gone at any given time and we have to appreciate the moments that we have. "Don't go out and change anything, just keep doing what you're doing, because you're obviously doing something right if you're on top of the leaderboard". It was left of the hole, so it doesn't matter. "But still, it's a sour feeling".