11 Oct 2021 | Professional golf |
Aussies on Tour: Leishman's Vegas charge falls short
by PGA of Australia
By Tony Webeck
A Marc Leishman Sunday charge has again come up just short as the Victorian finished tied for third at the PGA Tour’s Shriners Children’s Open in Las Vegas.
For the second time in as many starts this season Leishman flirted with the top of the leaderboard in a final day birdie blitz but again ran out of holes, posting a final round of 8-under 63 at TPC Summerlin to take the clubhouse lead at 19-under par.
It would prove to be five shots shy of Korean Sungjae Im who delivered the round of the day to earn his second PGA Tour title, his 62 highlighted by a run of five straight birdies from the ninth hole.
Tied for 15th through 54 holes, Leishman peeled off five birdies of his own on the front nine and when he added three more at holes 11, 13 and 14 had drawn to within just one of the lead.
But a tee shot that he lost right at the par-4 15th and an approach shot that bounced back into the water to make bogey at the par-5 16th ultimately brought Leishman’s hopes undone, a birdie at the 72nd hole earning a share of third alongside Rory Sabbatini and Adam Schenk.
The 37-year-old shot 65 in the final round to finish fourth at the Fortinet Championship three weeks ago and intends to use this hot start as a platform for a big 2022 campaign.
“It’s good just to be playing well, feeling good over the ball, seeing the putts go in,” said Leishman, who will stay in Vegas this week for the CJ Cup.
“It’s been a while since that’s happened and for it to happen at Napa and then here again it’s a good feeling.
“You have to do everything pretty well when you shoot a number like that. To do it on a Sunday makes you feel pretty good.
“Hopefully I can continue on next week and for the rest of the season.”
Like Leishman, Cam Davis saved his best golf for the final round, closing with a 5-under 66 to earn a share of 27th alongside fellow New South Welshman Matt Jones who made a strong return to the Tour after a five-week layoff.
Kiwi Ryan Fox continued his good recent play to lead the Australasian contingent at the Open de Espana in a share of 25th, Min Woo Lee the best of the Aussies two shots back in a tie for 39th.
Min Woo’s sister Minjee was the leading Australian at the LPGA Tour’s Cognizant Founders Cup as she shared 25th position while Robyn Choi completed her Symetra Tour season by finishing in a tie for 30th at the Symetra Tour Championship in Florida.
PGA Tour Shriners Children’s Open TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada Winner Sungjae Im 63-65-70-62—260 $US1.26m T3 Marc Leishman 67-67-68-63—265 $371,000 T27 Cam Davis 67-68-71-66—272 $46,944 T27 Matt Jones 64-67-71-70—272 $46,944 T35 Adam Scott 70-67-67-69—273 $34,860
European Tour Acciona Open de España Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain Winner Rafa Cabrera Bello 67-65-64-69—265 €233,900 T24 Ryan Fox 65-71-67-70—273 €13,809 T39 Min Woo Lee 67-69-70-69—275 €9,494 T56 Jason Scrivener 71-68-70-69—278 €5,110 MC Scott Hend 73-69—142 MC Maverick Antcliff 74-73—147
LPGA Tour Cognizant Founders Cup Mountain Ridge Country Club, New Jersey Winner Jin Young Ko 63-68-69-66—266 T25 Minjee Lee 69-68-73-70—280 T42 Hannah Green 68-72-70-72—282 T51 Su Oh 68-72-73-70—283 T55 Katherine Kirk 70-72-72-70—284 MC Sarah Jane Smith 72-72—144 MC Sarah Kemp 76-73—149 MC Wenyung Keh 72-80—152
Japan Golf Tour Bridgestone Open Sodegaura Country Club (Sodegaura Cse), Chiba Winner Tomoyasu Sugiyama 69-68-62-66—265 ¥22m T20 Anthony Quayle 70-70-65-71—276 ¥1,173,333 T36 David Bransdon 70-69-69-72—280 ¥539,000 T42 Todd Sinnott 70-70-67-74—281 ¥429,000 MC Dylan Perry 73-72—145
Korean PGA Tour Genesis Championship Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea (Links Cse), Incheon, South Korea Winner Jaekyeong Lee 67-68-73-66—274 KRW304,890,442 MC Junseok Lee 75-78—153 MC Wonjoon Lee 76-78—154
Symetra Tour Symetra Tour Championship LPGA International (Jones Cse), Daytona Beach, Florida Winner Prima Thammaraks 69-63-69-65—266 $US37,500 T30 Robyn Choi 68-71-70-69—278 $1,985 T55 Stephanie Na 67-72-72-72—283 $938 MC Soo Jin Lee 74-68—142 MC Julienne Soo 72-70—142
LET Access Series Terre Blanche Ladies Open Golf De Terre Blanche, France Winner Linn Grant 68-66-72—206 €6,400 T14 Kristalle Blum 74-72-72—218 €790 T32 Amy Walsh 74-74-75—223 €470
Champions Tour Constellation Furyk and Friends Timuquana Country Club, Jacksonville, Florida Winner Phil Mickelson 66-67-68—201 $US300,000 T7 Steven Alker 68-70-70—208 $61,000 T38 Rod Pampling 68-72-74—214 $10,400 T46 Stuart Appleby 70-69-77—216 $6,600 T57 Robert Allenby 78-73-68—219 $3,700 T63 John Senden 73-74-73—220 $2,500 T72 Stephen Leaney 73-73-77—223 $1,370 T78 David McKenzie 75-76-77—228 $960
Legends Tour Riegler & Partner Legends Golf Club Murhof, Austria Winner Mauricio Molina 66-66-67—199 €37,500 T15 Michael Campbell 68-73-68—209 €4,087 T21 Michael Long 70-74-67—211 €2,825 T43 Peter Fowler 71-75-70—216 €1,325
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