Monday, September 18, 2017


Aussie Mark Leishman made back-to-back birdies late in the final round Sunday to put away the final challenge, then closed with a birdie for a four-under 67 to set the tournament record and win by five over Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler in the BMW Championship at its Illinois venue.
It was Leishman's second victory this year, and it sends him to East Lake as the No. 4 seed in the FedEx Cup, giving him a clear shot at the $10 million prize.
Leishman finished at 23-under 261, breaking the 72-hole tournament record that Tiger Woods set at Cog Hill in 2007.
The timing could not have been better for the 33-year-old Australian. In his last event two weeks ago, he lost a two-shot lead on the back nine at the TPC Boston and said that loss stung more than most.
"I had a few scars from a few weeks ago," Leishman said. "I was just really, really determined to not let that happen again. Got it done."
And it was never really close.
Rose is the only player who got within two shots of the lead, only for Leishman to answer with a 30-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole and a 10-footer for birdie on the 16th. Rose closed with a 65.
Fowler made a late run when he was too far back, and he needed one more birdie on the 18th to grab the No. 5 seed for the FedExCup finale next week at the TOUR Championship.
 He ripped driver off the fairway and over the stream to the back rough. It was a bold play that preceded a pair of meager efforts -- a chip that came up 25 feet short, and a birdie putt that didn't to the hole. He closed with a 67
Leishman earned $1,125,00 first prize and runners-up Rose and Fowler a tidy $675,000 or so apiece.

Par 284 (4x71) Players from USA unless stated otherwise
261 M Leishman (Australia) 62 64 68 67
266 J Rose (England) 67 68 66 65, R Fowler 65 64 70 67.
268 J Day (Australia) 64 65 70 69
269 M Kuchar 67 68 67 67, J Rahm (Spain) 69 68 65 67
271 T Finau 65 72 70 64, J Spieth 65 70 71 65.

273 S Garcia (Spain) 68 68 68 69 (T12)
274 P Mickelson 66 69 69 70 (T20)
276 D Johnson 71 72 69 64, P Casey (England) 69 67 71 69 (T33). 
277 I Poulter (England) 69 69 70 69 (T40)
278 M Laird (Scotland) 73 69 70 66 (T44)



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