Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — Marc Leishman shot a 7-under 65 in the final round to win the CIMB Classic Sunday by five strokes and equal the tournament course record.
The Australian was in fine form as he strolled to his fourth PGA Tour title and matched Justin Thomas’ tournament record of 26-under 262 in 2015 on the PGA Kuala Lumpur West course.
Leishman started strongly with four birdies in the first five holes, before turning in another long birdie putt on the ninth for 31.
Two more birdies on the 10th and 16th followed and sandwiched his lone bogey at the 13th, before he birdied the final hole and celebrated with a fist pump.
“I feel unbelievable right now,” Leishman said after securing 500 FedEx Cup points for his victory.
“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. Managed to hit some good shots and this is the result. It’s great to get back in the winners’ circle, excited to be back in Malaysia and leaving with this.”
Leishman plans to celebrate his victory “with some beers.”
“We’ll sit that (trophy) in the middle of the table tonight and have a few beers and just talk about it and just have a good night with friends really. I’m looking forward to doing that tonight.”
First-round leader Bronson Burgoon shot a 68 to finish tied for second, along with Emiliano Grillo and Chesson Hadley.
Thomas finished tied for fifth place after ending the final day with an 8 under 64, along with Gary Woodland (71) and Louis Oosthuizen (69).
Brian Stuard (Jackson/Oakland) tied for 39th.
Shubhankar Sharma, part of the trio of joint-leaders coming into the final round, faltered on the final day to finish tied for 10th after an even-par 72.
“Disappointing, not really happy with the way I finished. 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,” Sharma said.
The CIMB Classic is the first of three events in Asia. The tour moves on to the CJ Cup in South Korea next week and the World Golf Championships in Shanghai starting Oct. 25.
Eddie Pepperell won the British Masters at cold and stormy Walton Heath to likely secure a spot next year in the Masters at Augusta National.
The Englishman shot an even-par 72 to hold off playing partner Sweden’s Alexander Bjork of Sweden by two shots. Pepperell finished at 9-under 279 for his second European Tour title.
Pepperell will move into the top 35 in the world ranking, with the top 50 at the end of the year getting spots at Augusta. He won the Qatar Masters in February.
Bjork bogeyed the last for a 71.
In Gee Chun won the KEB Hana Bank Championship, closing with a 5-under 66 for a three-stroke victory over Charley Hull.
Chun won for the third time on the LPGA Tour, finishing at 16-under 272 on Sky 72’s Ocean Course in Incheon, South Korea. The South Korean star’s previous victories came in majors at the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open and 2016 The Evian.
Hull, from England, closed with a 71. Top-ranked Sung Hyun Park had a 69 to tie for third with Ariya Jutanugarn (71), Minjee Lee (70) and Danielle Kang (72) at 12 under.
Bernhard Langer ran away with the SAS Championship to take the points lead into the PGA Tour Champions’ Charles Schwab Cup playoffs
Langer shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 for a six-stroke victory in the regular-season finale. The 61-year-old German star has 38 victories on the 50-and-over tour, also winning this year near Houston.
Langer finished at 22-under 194 for his second victory at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, N.C., the tree-lined layout softened by heavy rain Thursday from Hurricane Michael.
Scott Parel was second, closing with a double bogey for a 65.
Tom Gillis (Lake Orion) tied for 11th, and is eligible for at least the first two events of the playoffs.
The top 72 players in the Schwab Cup standings qualified for the playoffs, the three-event series that begins next week in Virginia.
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