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Marc Leishman wins as Shubhankar Sharma slips

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Oct 15, 2018, 1:29 am IST
Updated : Oct 15, 2018, 1:29 am IST

Coming on the heels of a period during which he has had six missed cuts in nine starts, a joint lead by round three augured well for the 22-year-old.

Marc Leishman of Australia poses with the trophy after winning the CIMB Classic golf tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. (Photo: AFP)
 Marc Leishman of Australia poses with the trophy after winning the CIMB Classic golf tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. (Photo: AFP)

New Delhi: Overnight joint leader Shubhankar Sharma could not play his best golf on the final day, managing only an even par round to finish Tied-10th at the $7 million CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday

Coming on the heels of a period during which he has had six missed cuts in  nine starts, a joint lead by round three augured well for the 22-year-old. However, it did not turn out be his day and he was understandably disappointed at not being able to convert his second career 54-hole lead into a maiden PGA Tour title.

The genial Australian Marc Leishman, who came close to quitting the game in 2015 when his wife was discovered with a rare life-threatening condition, continued his fine run to win his fourth title on the PGA Tour.

Leishman, playing a very high level of golf since his second round 62, carded a 7-under 65, that took his total to 26-under 262, equalling the tournament record  set in 2015 by Justin Thomas.

Leishman ended five shots ahead of second placed trio — first round leader, Bronson Burgoon (68), Emiliano Grillo (66) and Chesson Hadley (66) — who finished T-2 with 21-under 267.

Among other Indians, Gaganjeet Bhullar had a good finish with a 7-under 65 that lifted him 15 places up to T-27 as he ended at 13-under 275 despite a closing bogey.

After a sedate first nine holes, Bhullar was fired up with five birdies and an eagle in eight holes from first to the eighth and carded 65. Anirban Lahiri (70) was 4-under 284 for the week, while Rahil Gangjee (72) was 5-over and T-75th.

Sharma, who had two bogeys in his first six holes, came back strongly with four birdies from 7th to 10th, only to lose the momentum over the next three holes, which he bogeyed.

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