Aussie Leishman wins at Torrey Pines as Rahm, McIlroy denied

Aussie Leishman wins at Torrey Pines as Rahm, McIlroy denied

Aussie Leishman wins at Torrey Pines as Rahm, McIlroy denied

He kept a cushion with three big par saves down the tough stretch at Torrey Pines and closed with a 6-foot birdie putt that turned out to be the victor.

Woods birdied the sixth by sinking a putt from just inside 15 feet to get to 3 under on his round and move into a tie for fourth. "Just devastating really", Leishman said. "I hope this can bring them a bit of joy".

The burly Australian's red-hot putting helped him claim his fifth PGA Tour victory as several players including overnight leader Jon Rahm faltered.

The 36-year-old takes home $1.35 million and is projected to jump to 20th in the world rankings.

Struggling in the final round with a driver that had been good to him on previous days, Leishman more than made up it, rolling in eight birdies while making three tremendous par saves on the back nine in shooting a 7-under-par 65. The reality is just setting in because I was just told about five minutes ago. It seemed like it came to him to the court, during match season, however he spent hours studying movie and attempting to work out the flawless way to become much better, and that is where he and I actually connected. I've led here early in the last round maybe once or twice and let it slip.

"The love of a mother is one that I think you can't replace, but to have some of those feelings come back when I heard the news makes me quite sad". He was still tied for the lead at the 14th but bogeyed the last four holes.

The Spaniard sat on top of the leaderboard after 54 holes but two bogeys and a double-bogey in his first five holes left an uphill task. 8 and 9. A three-putt bogey on 11 stifled his chances.

"I was trying to win the golf tournament", Woods said immediately after the round.

"Playing on a major golf course really, it was pretty tough out there this week". Like Rahm, McIlroy made a late charge and finished with a three-under 69 for the day, but he couldn't overcome the rough start.

Woods shot a 2-under-par 70 Sunday, including a bogey on the 10th hole and birdies on the 13th and 18th.

His round of 70 contained an extraordinary moment at the second hole when his second shot from the fairway at the par four bounced on to the green and into the bottom of the cup, only to spin back out.

Always comfortable on the poa annua greens of California that are similar to those he grew up on, Leishman got the most welcome of familiar feelings when he started rolling balls at Torrey.

But in the end, it was Leishman's day, thanks in large part to his putter. On Saturday, he birdied the par-4 first hole by sinking a putt from just inside 15 feet after hitting his tee shot into a bunker.

Former pro Nick Faldo said while commentating for the Golf Channel, "If you were [watching] at a bar with a pint in your hand I guarantee somebody is soaked". "But the thing that was trending in the right direction was the putter".

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