Marc Leishman says his record-setting BMW Championship win last year confirmed a widely-held opinion he was one of the PGA Tour's most underrated players.
Winless since the 2017 edition, Leishman believes successfully defending the title this week will remind his peers he is still among the world's best golfers.
The World No.21 has backed up his breakout, two-win 2017 campaign with seven top-10s on the US Tour this season, including a ninth placing at the Masters.
But Leishman is determined to re-join the winner's circle.
"It would be nice if I could knock another one off here and go back to back; I'm sure it would be a great feeling," Leishman said on Wednesday.
Leishman is joined by fellow Australians Jason Day, Cameron Smith and Adam Scott at the elite, 71-man field at Philadelphia's Aronimink Golf Club – the third event of the US$67-million playoffs series.
At Conway Farms Golf Club in Chicago last year, Leishman's 72-hole total of 261 was one shot better than the record held by Tiger Woods (2007) and 2015 winner Day.
"I guess it put me more in the spotlight; the attention that comes along with winning," Leishman said.
"(Most underrated player) was a good tag while I had it, but I'm happy to be noticed a little bit more now."
Leishman led last year's tournament after each round and says his five-shot win vanquished demons from the previous week's FedEx Cup playoffs event in Boston.
At TPC Boston, he held a two-stroke lead going into the back-nine of the final round only to stumble and hand Justin Thomas the title.
"I distinctly remember walking up to the (18th) green; Audrey and my three kids were all there and the looks on their faces was just unbelievable.” – Marc Leishman
"Sunday (at BMW) was probably one of the hardest rounds of golf I've ever played because I had left Boston really disappointed," Leishman said.
"I was very determined not to (collapse) again; to play well enough to enjoy (the win) walking up the last hole was probably the most satisfying thing.
"I distinctly remember walking up to the (18th) green; Audrey and my three kids were all there and the looks on their faces was just unbelievable.
"That gave me goose bumps."
Leishman sits 22nd on the FedEx standings and is all but assured of remaining inside the top 30 who advance to the Tour Championship playoffs finale in two weeks.
The leading points scorer after the Tour Championship is crowned as the FedEx Cup champion and pockets a US$10-million bonus prize.
- Evin Priest, Australian Associated Press