Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 34 year-old Aussie Marc Leishman notched his fourth career PGA Tour victory at the CIMB Classic, becoming the first non-American to win the event in its eighth edition.
Leishman’s final round 65 was fueled by a quick start, with four straight birdies from holes 2 thru 5. He also birdied holes 9 & 10 before dropping a shot at the thirteenth. Leishman left little doubt eliminating all would be challengers by birdieing holes 16 and 18 to finish at 26 under par for a five stroke victory over Emiliano Grillo, Chesson Hadley and Bronson Burgoon. His 262 total tied the tournament scoring record set by Justin Thomas’ in 2015. Thomas who was vying for a third straight victory in Malaysia, fired a final round 64 to finish in a tie for fifth.
It was a phenomenal performance by Leishman who had just 4 bogeys to go with 28 birdies and an eagle in his rounds of 68-62-67-65. “This is awesome. I knew that even though I got off to a good start today, I still needed to grind because there’s some tough holes out there,” Leishman said. “Managed to hit some good shots and this is the result. It’s great to get back in the winners circle and excited to be back in Malaysia leaving with this.”