Leishman runs away with CIMB title

Australia’s Marc Leishman tied the tournament course record with a final-round, 7-under 65 as he ran away with the title Sunday at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

His 26-under 262 total ties the record set by American Justin Thomas in 2015.

“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,” said Leishman. “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.”

Gary Woodland of the United States (final round 71) and India’s Shubhankar Sharma (72) entered the day tied with Leishman, but finished well back in ties for fifth and 10th, respectively.

“Disappointing, not really happy with the way I finished,” said Sharma. “But again, as always, a great experience for me going forward and I think my game is in a good state for the next two weeks.”

First-round leader Bronson Burgoon kept up his steady play, shooting 4-under 68 to finish in a tie for second at 21-under with fellow American Chesson Hadley and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo, who both shot 6-under 66.

South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, who shot 7-under 65 on Saturday, shot 3-under 60 on Sunday to join the five-way tie for fifth at 20-under with Woodland, Thomas, American Charles Howell III and Abraham Ancer of Mexico.

Leishman started strong with birdies on four of the first five holes. His only miscue on the day was a bogey on No. 13, but he was well ahead by then.

He capped the win with a birdie on No. 18.

Thomas, a two-time CIMB champion, equaled the best round of the day with an 8-under 64.

–Field Level Media

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