Marc Leishman not getting ahead of himself after hitting the top of the Masters leaderboard

Last Updated: 12/04/13 5:57pm

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Marc Leishman was determined to keep his feet on the ground after racing into the first-round lead at The Masters.

The Australian battled back from an uncertain start with a sparkling back-nine 31 to claim the clubhouse lead on six under par, a score later matched only by Sergio Garcia.

The 29-year-old, playing in his third Masters and just his ninth major overall, atoned for an opening bogey with birdies at the third and eighth as he turned one under.

But after a birdie at 10, he stormed to the top of the leaderboard when he carded four straight birdies from the 13th - including a monster putt for a two at the 16th - and two solid pars capped a delightful 66.

"There's a lot of golf left and a lot of hurdles to clear," he said. "If I can keep playing the way I'm playing, keep holing the crucial par putts and putting the way I have been, there's no reason why I can't contend.

"That's the goal, I've just got to try and execute it and see how we go. I think it would be a different story if it was Sunday afternoon, but it's only very early. I was trying to keep it down a little bit."

On his run of four birdies in a row, he added: "It's awesome getting on those sort of runs. I had only about a six-footer on 13, about a two-footer on 14 and a two-footer on 15.

"Then I holed a bomb on 16. I don't know how far that was, but it was in a different zip code I think.

"I never really got ahead of myself because I know that this course can bite you pretty quickly. If you miss it in the wrong spot, you can easily have have a bogey and then double is pretty easy to come by around here."

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