Aussie Leishman hoping golf can help heal Newtown wire reports

CROMWELL, Conn. -- When Australian golfer Marc Leishman heard about the December school shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, he immediately went to a map.

The 29-year-old won his first and so far only PGA Tour event last June at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut, and wanted to see how far away Newtown was from the TPC River Highlands. The answer? Just 48 miles.

Leishman returns to Connecticut next month to defend his Travelers title and was back Tuesday for the tournament's annual media day.

He told the Associated Press he feels connected to the state and would like to meet some of the families of the victims, if it can be arranged. Tournament director Nathan Grube says they have been working with Newtown officials to figure out how to honor the 26 people killed at the school.

He said they would like to do something that would be educational and long-term, but said if any of the families want to meet golfers during the tournament, that can be arranged.

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