KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Marc Leishman shot a 7-under 65 in the final round Sunday to win the CIMB Classic 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).
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.
In Gee Chun fires 66 to seal Hana Bank win: INCHEON, South Korea — Local favorite In Gee Chun fired a 6-under 66 to win the KEB Hana Bank Championship and clinch her third LPGA Tour victory. In, who started the final round two strokes off the pace, carded seven birdies against a lone bogey at the Sky 72 Ocean Course to finish at 16-under 272, three strokes ahead of Charley Hull, who shot a 71. “Before this week, I won 13 times as a professional,” said In. “I am glad that I am done with the No. 13. I really hate that number.” It was her first LPGA Tour win since the 2016 The Evian Championship. She also won the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open Championship. Hull began the final round in a two-way tie for the lead but her chances of victory faded with her fourth bogey of the day on the par-4 16th. Defending champion Jin Young Ko had eight birdies in a bogey-free round for the day’s lowest score of 64 to finish seventh.
Langer wins, takes points lead into Tour Champions playoffs: CARY, N.C. — 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, the tree-lined layout softened by heavy rain Thursday from Hurricane Michael. Scott Parel was second, closing with a double bogey for a 65. Jerry Kelly had a 68 to finish third at 15 under, and Tom Lehman followed at 13 under after a 71. Gene Sauers, tied with Langer for the second-round lead, shot a 75 to tie for fifth with Miguel Angel Jimenez (68) at 12 under. The top 72 players in the Schwab Cup standings qualified for the playoffs, the three-event series that begins next week with the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Virginia.
Pepperell wins British Masters, sets up debut at Augusta: WALTON HEATH, England — Eddie Pepperell won his second European Tour title with a two-shot victory at the British Masters and likely secured the even bigger prize of a place in next year’s Masters at Augusta National. The Englishman shot an even-par 72 and held off his playing partner, Sweden’s Alexander Bjork (71), as the pair went to the 72nd hole at a wet and windy Walton Heath with Pepperell just a stroke in front. Pepperell finished at 9-under 279.
Herbert Lucas (69) and Jordan Smith (73) were tied for third, another two shots behind Bjork. The victory takes Pepperell into the world’s top 35 and almost certainly secures a first appearance at Augusta in 2019. The top 50 at the end of the year are guaranteed a place in the first major of the year in April.