Marc Leishman closes with a 62 to win PGA Tour event | Golf
Marc Leishman, a 28-year-old Australian, shot an 8-under-par 62 in the Travelers Championship and picked up his first PGA Tour victory.
CROMWELL, Conn. — Marc Leishman shot an 8-under-par 62 Sunday in the Travelers Championship, then went back to the clubhouse to eat, watch some soccer and wait to see where he would finish.
More than two hours later, after Charley Hoffman blew a two-stroke lead on the final two holes, Leishman was hoisting his first championship trophy on the PGA Tour.
"I think Charley was on the 15th when I turned the golf on," Leishman said. "I watched that, then just went over and hit some balls and putted for a bit and it turned out well."
The 28-year-old Australian began the day six strokes behind the leaders, but made eight birdies in a bogey-free round. He finished at 14-under 266 to win by one.
"I didn't think it was going to be enough," he said. "Golf is a funny game, a really funny game."
Leishman earned $1.08 million.
Hoffman was at 16 under heading to the 17th hole, but pushed his tee shot right and into the water. He made a double bogey and bogeyed the 18th hole.
"When it's said and done, obviously a bad finish and a bad taste in my mouth, but you learn from it," he said.
Hoffman (66) tied for second with Masters champion Bubba Watson (65).
Ryan Moore (68) of Puyallup tied for 47th place at 4 under; Kyle Stanley (70) of Gig Harbor tied for 60th at 3 under; and ex-Washington Huskies player Richard H. Lee (70) tied for 62nd at 2 under.
• American Brittany Lang won the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic for her first LPGA Tour title, getting birdies on the par-5 18th hole three straight times in a playoff in Waterloo, Ontario.
Lang, who earned $195,000, closed with a 67 and was at 16-under 268 after 72 holes to match South Korean players Hee Kyung Seo, Inbee Park and Chella Choi.
Choi (63) was eliminated on the first playoff hole and Park (69) was eliminated on the second extra hole. Seo (67) lost when she parred the third playoff hole.
• Mark Calcavecchia won the Montreal Championship, an event on the 50-and-older Champions Tour in Sainte-Julie, Quebec.
Calcavecchia, 52, closed with an 8-under 64 for a 16-under 200 total and beat runner-up Brad Bryant (65) by four strokes. Calcavecchia earned $270,000.
Kirk Triplett (70), a graduate of Pullman High School, tied for 20th place.
• Casey Wittenberg, who closed with a 5-under 66, won the Nationwide Tour's Wichita Open in Kansas and earned $108,000. He had an 18-under 266 total and finished two shots ahead of Justin Hicks (67) and Jim Herman (70).
Andres Gonzales (71) of Olympia tied for 29th place at 8 under.