Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Leishman wins CIMB Classic by 5 strokes

Leishman wins CIMB Classic by 5 strokes

It took Gary Woodland and Marc Leishman all of 123 strokes to play TPC Kuala Lumpur on Friday in the second round of the CIMB Classic.

World No.24 Leishman claimed his fourth USA tour title by shooting a closing seven-under-par 65 at TPC Kuala Lumpur to finish at 26-under.

With a winning total of 26-under-par 262, the Australian dominated the event with a five-shot victory over Argentina's Emiliano Grillo (66), Chesson Hadley (66) and first round leader Bronson Burgoon (68).

"It's nice to stay aggressive out there", Woodland said. It all would have looked a distant dream when the 34-year-old almost quit the game around the time of the 2015 Masters, when his wife Audrey was diagnosed with and nearly died from acute respiratory distress syndrome and toxic shock syndrome.

An emotional Leishman, who made eight birdies, including a putt from almost 50 feet on the par-4 ninth, and a solitary bogey, said it felt "unbelievable" to win.

"The kids will be very happy that I'm bringing home a trophy".

"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".

By the time he reached the 18 tee he had a triumphal march to make, joking and chatting with caddie and close friend, Matt Kelly, then wedging in close and rolling in the putt.

He had 23 birdies and an eagle over his final 54 holes. His closing 72 pushed him back to a tie for 10th at 19 under.

Leishman moved away from the field with a birdie blitz on the front nine, where he made four consecutive gains from the second to the fifth before adding another at the ninth to make the turn on five under.

Woodland also had an up and down round and never got going.

"I have had a few chances and didn't capitalise", Leishman said.

"Disappointing, not really happy with the way I finished".

Ariya Jutanugarn and Sung Hyun Park, the top two players in the world rankings, are part of a four-way tie entering the weekend at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, Korea.

"I just played solid just like I did yesterday, I just made more putts", said Woodland, who shares the top spot with Marc Leishman at 14-under 130. Had a little session on the range this morning and worked out what I was doing, so that was good and it paid off.

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