Leishman runs away with CIMB title

Shubhankar Sharma

Shubhankar Sharma

Joint overnight leader with American Gary Woodland and Indian youngster Shubhankar Sharma, Leishman built his tournament with fast starts and again attacked the opening holes with gusto on Sunday. "As long as I give it my best shot, that's what it's all about", said Leishman. He finished at an astonishing 26-under par after rounds of 68-62-67-65 in a field that included world No.4 Justin Thomas of the US.

"The golf course just sets up good to my eye", said Woodland.

Two-time champion in 2015 and 2016, Justin Thomas, played the low round of the day at 8-under 64 to go up to T-5 alongside overnight co-leader Gary Woodland (71), Charles Howell III (67), Mexican Abraham Ancer (65) and former Open victor, Louis Oosthuizen (69). I've had success here in the past. It's nice to play the ball down this week.

The ever-consistent Leishman, victor of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and BMW Championship on the PGA Tour past year, had an even better finish than Woodland, draining six birdies in his last eight holes. "I just played solid just like I did yesterday". Had a little session on the range this morning and worked out what I was doing, so that was good and it paid off.

Having had two runner-up finishes and four other top-10 placings without a win on the US Tour last season, Leishman finished in style, sinking his eighth birdie to claim his first title since the 2017 BMW Championship.

"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".

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"I won't say it made golf less important, but it made me realise that golf's not life or death".

Woodland birdied the 18th hole to move into the tie at the CIMB Classic on Saturday.

"I'm really happy with everything, it's nice to get another win".

South African Louis Oosthuizen was one of the fifth-placed ties with Thomas, after shooting a final-round 69 to end on 20-under, six shots off the pace.

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