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By : BGA Proshop
Australian Marc Leishman began the day in a three-way tie for first with Gary Woodland and Shubhankar Sharma in the final round of the CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur. But by the end of the day Leishman was a winner by five shots over Emiliano Grillo, Chesson Hadley and Bronson Burgoon with a solid round of 65.
Leishman started strongly with four birdies in the first five holes, before turning in another long birdie putt on the ninth for 31.
Two more birdies on the 10th and 16th followed and sandwiched his lone bogey at the 13th, before he birdied the final hole and celebrated with a fist pump.
This was Leishman first win this year and the win will push him back into the top 20 world rankings.
"I feel unbelievable right now," Leishman said after securing 500 FedExCup points for his victory.
"I knew that even though I got off to a good start, I still needed to grind because there's some tough holes out there. Managed to hit some good shots and this is the result. It's great to get back in the winner's circle, excited to be back in Malaysia and leaving with this."
"We'll sit that (trophy) in the middle of the table tonight and have a few beers and just talk about it and just have a good night with friends really. I'm looking forward to doing that tonight."
“It had been over a year since I had won,” Leishman said. “I had a few chances and hadn’t capitalised. So I am playing Korea next week, the World Cup later in the year and the Australian PGA.
In an interview after this win Leishman isn't done for the year. He said “I want to win something else before the end of the year.”
The CIMB Classic is the first of three PGA TOUR events in Asia. The TOUR moves on to the CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES South Korea next week and the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions Oct. 25