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Leishman wants World Cup golf prize

AAP logoAAP 4/11/2016 Melissa Woods

He didn't get to wear the green jacket but Marc Leishman feels he had a hand in Adam Scott's 2013 US Masters victory and is hoping they can celebrate a true team victory at this month's World Cup of Golf.

The two Australians were paired together on the final day at Augusta and Leishman was seen fist-pumping after Scott's birdie putt dropped on the 18th while Scott screamed "C'mon Aussie".

Leishman said once he knew his chances of victory were over it was all about helping his fellow Australian win.

"I really wanted to do everything I could to help Scotty, and it kind of felt a bit like a team there towards the end," Leishman said from the US on Friday.

"That was awesome, and it's going to be great to spend four days with Scotty on the course."

World No.7 Scott turned to Leishman to join the Australian team for the Nov 24-27 tournament at Kingston Heath in Melbourne following the withdrawal of world No.1 Jason Day, who was advised not to travel because of a back injury.

The 33-year-old Victorian jumped at the chance after having to withdraw from contention for the Rio Olympics for fear that contracting the Zika virus could affect the health of his wife who suffered toxic shock syndrome last year.

"I've always been one to put my family first and if it puts my wife's health at risk to go somewhere, I won't do it but that was a hard one," Leishman said.

"When I got the call off Scotty, I was really excited to be able to get the chance to represent Australia and definitely want to try to play well to make up for that."

The world No.49 said he made the tough decision to skip his defence of the lucrative Nedbank Challenge in South Africa in mid-November to ensure his game was in the best possible shape.

The World Cup field includes 2016 Masters champion, England's Danny Willett (ranked 10), and American Ricky Fowler (11).

Willett will partner Lee Westwood while Fowler and 2016 US PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker make up the US team.

Leishman felt his game complemented Scott's well and the pair have already met to talk tactics, with the tournament format comprising foursomes and fourball.

"I think we should combine fairly well as he obviously drives the ball very well," Leishman said.

"I've got a good iron game and my short game is pretty good."

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