Australian pair Mark Leishman and Cameron Smith are embracing the favourites tag at this week’s golf World Cup, insisting they are laid-back enough to deal with the pressure.

The 59th staging of the tournament at the Metropolitan Golf Club marks its third-consecutive playing in Melbourne’s famous sandbelt region, where bunkers can be cut right on the edge of a green.

Starting Thursday, 28 teams will vie for US$7 million in prize money over 72 holes of stroke play. The first and third days will be fourball play and the second and final days foursomes.

World number 21 Leishman is on home turf and he couldn’t be happier.

“It will be different, being favourites, for sure. But I think most of it is pressure you put on yourself,”

said the Australian, who won the PGA Tour-sanctioned CIMB Classic in Malaysia last month.

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By Ian Dei

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