Marc Leishman wins the Farmers Insurance Open

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27Jan2020

By : BGA Proshop

It has been a fantastic start for Aussies to the 2020 PGA Tour season. First we had Cameron Smith win in a playoff in Hawaii and today Marc Leishman won his fifth PGA Tour victory in a come from behind win at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

In what could only be said as a hot start, Leishman knew he had to make up some ground on the overnight leader and runner up Jon Rahm.

Leishmen went out in a 31 with 5 birdies in the first 8 holes. He then went on to the birdie the 11th and 13th hole to take the lead at 15 under but a bogey on the 17th hole put him on the edge.

Meanwhile playing behind him, Rahm was going the other way quickly in his first 5 holes. Rahm bogeyed the first, double bogeyed the par 3, 3rd hole and bogeyed the 5th hole.  He birdied the 6th and went out in a 39. The Spaniard with the never die attitude then went on a tear on the back nine to get him back into contention. Rahm eagled the 13th birdied the 14th, bogeyed the 15th, 16th, 17th and needed an eagle on the 18th to tie Leishmen but just came up 1 foot short.

It was Leishmen’s birdie on the 18th which sealed the victory in the end and a massive come from behind win.

“Pretty amazing, particularly with all the problems that have been happening back in Australia with the fires and people losing their lives. Just devastating really,” Leishman said. “So if this can bring them a little bit of joy, it’s a big win for me personally and then for them as well. I hope this can bring them a bit of joy.”

“I knew if I played good, I could give myself a chance, but if the guys out ahead of me, if they had their best stuff, I wasn’t going to win,” said Leishman, who had tied for second here in 2010 and 2014. “To get off to the start I did, I was 3 under through four and I missed about a five‑foot birdie putt on three, so could have easily been 4 under through four. That’s the start you want to get off to.

“I saw that the guys out front didn’t get off to the best start and then that really got my determination up. Not that it wasn’t already up, but that got me right into it. I think I’ve led here early in the last round maybe once or twice and let it slip. I was very determined to not let that happen again.”
 
What's in the winners bag:

Driver: Callaway Mavrik (9 degrees)

Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution IV TX

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC Tour Spec 9.2 X

5-wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC Tour Spec 9.2 X

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Irons: Callaway X-Forged UT (3), Callaway Apex Pro 19 (4-6), Callaway Apex MB (7-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X

Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 Raw (52, 60 degrees)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X

Putter: Odyssey Versa #6 (Black/White/Black)

Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
   
 
  
 
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