The PGA Tour’s request of players to consider on-course, mid-round interviews passed its round one test at the 2019 Sentry TOC, with Patton Kizzire, Dustin Johnson and Marc Leishman all reporting no major side effects from penetrating questioning.
Leishman did, however, hit a poor tee shot at 17 after a chat at 16, but as Ben Everill notes for PGATour.com, the Aussie was not blaming the loss of focus on having a microphone in the vicinity of his lips.
“Nah that was just me, that was just a crap shot,” Leishman joked after his 5-under 68 left him fifth.
“I do (those type of interviews) in Australia every year; I think it's cool as it gives good access for the fans.
“I'm certainly not blaming my bad shot on it as it was walking up to 16 green so it wasn't as though it was right before (that tee shot).
"No one is going to blame an interview if they go birdie, birdie, birdie.”
Oh never rule anything out, Leish!