Marc Leishman didn’t flinch when confronted with a rattlesnake slithering near the tee box at the second LIV Golf event of the year in Arizona.
But the prospect of a $6m payday was enough for the genial Aussie to get hot under the collar, and after leading into the final round in Tucson, Leishman was the one who ended up being rattled.
A horror six-over par 77, which included three birdies in his first five holes and two more double-bogeys, dropped him from top spot into a tie for 13th.
Leishman hadn’t slept on a final round lead for more than two years, and he could only watch on as New Zealand’s Danny Lee won a four-man playoff, making a putt from off the green for birdie, to collect the massive $5.97m winner’s cheque.
Cameron Smith was the highest-ranked player in the world in Tucson but finished in the middle of the pack in a tie for 24th in an underwhelming lead in to the…