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Winner’s Circle: Marc Leishman Captures the CIMB Classic

Marc Leishman shot a 7-under par 65 on Sunday to claim a five-shot victory at the 2018 CIMB Classic.

Marc Leishman Wins 2018 CIMB Classic
Marc Leishman during the final round of the CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Oct. 14, 2018. Photo by SADIQ ASYRAF/AFP via Getty Images

Leishamn, who entered the final round at TPC Kuala Lumpur tied for the lead, finished his final day in Malaysia with just one bogey offset by eight birdies, highlighted by four-straight on Nos. 2, 3, 4, and 5 to pull away from the pack, en route to a 26-under par total.

For his fourth career title, the 34-year old Aussie earned $1,260,000, along with 500 FedExCup points to move into second place in the points race. He also garnered 48 OWGR points and will move back inside the world top 20 (projected at No. 16).


PRO-FILE

Nationality Australian
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 200 lb
Birthdate: October 24, 1983 (age 34)
Native: Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
Residence: Virginia Beach, Virginia


FINAL TOP 5

1. Marc Leishman -26 (68-62-67-65)
2. Emiliano Grillo -21 (67-68-67-66)
2. Chesson Hadley -21 (67-68-66-66)
2. Bronson Burgoon -21 (63-69-67-68)
5. Justin Thomas -20 (66-69-69-64)
5. Abraham Ancer -20 (67-68-68-65)
5. Charles Howell III -20 (69-67-65-67)
5. Louis Oosthuizen -20 (66-68-65-69)
5. Gary Woodland -20 (69-61-67-71)


THE FOUR ROUNDS

After Round 1: T20 (-4, 68)
After Round 2: T1 (-14, 68-62)
After Round 3: T1 (-19 68-62-67)
After Round 4: 1st (-26 68-62-67-65)


LEISHMAN’S WINNING STATS

Through 72 holes
Fairways: 64.3% (36/56) (T44)
Greens: 73.6% (53/72) (T46)
Putts/GIR: 1.528/81 putts (1st)
Scores: 1 Eagle, 28 Birdies, 39 Pars, 4 Bogeys
Key Stretch Round 4: Leishman birdied four-straight holes on Nos. 2-5 to pull away from Shubhankar Sharma and Gary Woodland, who shared the 54-hole lead. He then made two more gains on his final three holes to erase any doubt.


LEISHMAN’S FINAL-ROUND HIGHLIGHTS

The PGA Tour’s video package of the Aussie’s final day in Malaysia.


VICTORIES

PGA Tour: 4
2018 CIMB Classsic
2017 BMW Championship
2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational
2012 Travelers Championship

European Tour: 1
2015 Nedbank Golf Challenge


MONEY & PLAYOFF POINTS

With his win at the new season’s second stop, Leishman earned $1,260,000 and 500 FedExCup points to move into second place behind last week’s Safeway Open winner Kevin Tway, who finished T27, good for 27 points and 527 total.


WORLD RANKING

Leishman received 48 OWGR points, and is projected to move from No. 24 to No. 16 in the Official World Golf Rankings following this victory.


TROPHY PHOTO

Leishman makes his way to the winner’s circle for the fourth time in his PGA Tour career, but third time in just the past two calendar years.

Marc Leishman Wins CIMB Classic
Marc Leishman poses with the trophy after winning the CIMB Classic on Oct. 14, 2018 at TPC Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by Chris Jung/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media


Kevin Reid

Kevin Reid is a Pro Golf Weekly producer and contributor.

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