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MMSC: Leishman's win, Hoffman's collapse and the incredible Melissa Reid

By Shane Bacon | Blogger

Golf is probably the hardest sport in the world to play, and play well, so it makes total sense that everyone is a critic, and that's what we're going to do here at Monday Morning Swing Coach. Cover just the PGA Tour? Nope. We're going to try to expand this Monday feature to anything and everything that happened the past weekend.

Marc Leishman's final round 62

Considering the success of Australians on the PGA Tour over the last 10 years, 2012 has been a rather dry one for the men down under. Not a single Aussie had been able to collect a win up until Sunday at the Travelers Championship, when Marc Leishman carded a final round 62 and then let the pieces all into place around him.

When Leishman got into the clubhouse at 14-under, it never seemed like that would be the winning score to take down a scoring-friendly TPC River Highlands. Hunter Mahan had posted a 61 earlier in the day. Cameron Tringale jumped 29 spots with his 6-under 64. But the leaders were well ahead of Leishman and with birdies on everyone's brain, it seemed that his 62 would just be another great round to jump up a leader board and earn a little more coin.

But we all know crazy things can happen when the pressure of a win lands on the shoulders of some of these guys that hardly ever get that opportunity.

Roland Thatcher dealt with it a little over the final four holes, making two bogeys to land at 12-under, two shots behind Leishman, but the real story was …

Charley Hoffman adds another epic collapse to the tour

Pressure makes you do strange things. You hit golf shots you've never hit before. You shoot a three and hit the side of the backboard instead of swishing it like you do all day during practice.

And when you're trying to win your first PGA Tour in almost two years, that little area between your ears can really get in your way.

That was Hoffman on Sunday at the Travelers. Through 13 holes, Hoffman was 7-under and looking like he was going to roll to a third PGA Tour victory, but the wheels began to shake and eventually fall off down the stretch.

Hoffman made pars on Nos. 14, 15 and 16 before dumping his drive in the drink on No. 17, making a double-bogey, and hitting an equally errant tee ball on No. 18 that forced him to make a closing bogey, missing out on a playoff with Leishman by a shot. Hoffman said after that his play over the last two holes was "pathetic," and while he played an incredible stretch of holes to start his day, it will be that closing two holes that stick with him for a long, long time.

The incredible story of Melissa Reid

Just four weeks ago, Reid found out that her mother had died in a car accident. The 24-year-old English professional golfer had to deal with this tragic loss while still attempting to play the game she loves.

And on Sunday, in her first tournament back since losing her mom, Reid won, rolling in a six-footer on the final hole to take the Raiffeisenbank Prague Golf Masters by a shot.

Reid said after that she never for a second thought she'd miss that putt, saying she wasn't even that nervous over the putt, but still, to win this soon is absolutely wonderful.

It's pretty incredible that she could keep her composure for all 18 holes on Sunday. You know here mind was racing coming down the stretch, and to be able to pull this off is really, really special.

This was Reid's fourth LET win since 2004.

 
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