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Marc Leishman (born 24 October 1983) is an Australian professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour. In 2009 he won the Rookie of the Year award on the PGA Tour. He was the first Australian to win the award.

Marc Leishman
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Leishman at the 2018 Quicken Loans National
Personal information
Born (1983-10-24) 24 October 1983 (age 35)
Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg)
Nationality Australia
ResidenceVirginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
SpouseAudrey (née Hills)
ChildrenOliver, Harvey, Eva
Career
Turned professional2005
Current tour(s)PGA Tour of Australasia
PGA Tour
Professional wins12
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
European Tour1
Asian Tour1
Sunshine Tour1
Korn Ferry Tour1
Other6
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT4: 2013
PGA ChampionshipT12: 2013
U.S. OpenT18: 2016
The Open ChampionshipT2: 2015
Achievements and awards
Von Nida Tour
Money List winner
2006
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
2009

Contents

CareerEdit

Leishman was born in Warrnambool, Victoria. He had a very successful amateur career in Australia, winning many junior tournaments. He won the Warrnambool Club Championship as a 13-year-old while playing in the same group as his father. In 2001 he won the Victorian Junior Masters, the South Australian Junior Masters and was the Victorian Boys champion.

He turned professional in 2005. He played on the Von Nida Tour in 2006, winning two tournaments and topping the order of merit. In 2007, he played his rookie season on the Nationwide Tour finishing 92nd on the money list. He won his maiden title on the Nationwide Tour in 2008 at the WNB Golf Classic by a record-equaling (with Chris Smith) eleven shots.[1] He finished the year 19th on the money list to earn his PGA Tour card for the 2009 season.

Leishman was voted the Rookie of the Year in 2009 after recording three top-10 finishes, which included a runner-up finish behind Tiger Woods at the BMW Championship, the third of the four FedEx Cup playoff events. Leishman subsequently qualified for the season ending Tour Championship. He ended the year 53rd on the money list. He recorded his second runner-up finish of his PGA Tour career at the Farmers Insurance Open in 2010. He finished inside the top 100 on the money list in both 2010 and 2011. He reached the BMW Championship in both seasons.

Leishman won his first tournament after 96 starts on the PGA Tour in June 2012 at the Travelers Championship, coming from six strokes back of the 54 hole leaders to win by a stroke.[2] He shot a final round of 62, which included eight birdies and no bogeys to match his career best round and second best comeback in the tournament's history. He became the second Australian to win the event after Greg Norman in 1995.

At the 2013 Masters Tournament, Leishman was the co-leader after the opening round, alongside Sergio García, as he shot a six under total of 66. He maintained his challenge over the second and third rounds to go into the final day two strokes behind the leaders. He finished T-4 with Tiger Woods, four shots off the lead.

In July 2015, in The Open Championship at St Andrews, Leishman finished as joint runner-up after losing in a four-hole aggregate playoff during a Monday finish to the delayed tournament. After coming close to missing the cut after the first two rounds, Leishman shot a 64 during the third round and a 66 in the final round to finish in a tie for first place with Zach Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen. Leishman did have the sole lead of the Championship with six holes to go during the final round but bogeyed the 16th hole to drop back to 15-under-par and an eventual tie. In the resulting four-hole playoff, after finding a divot with his tee shot at the first hole, this led to a bogey while Johnson and Oosthuizen opened with birdies to open up a two-stroke gap over Leishman. A further bogey at the third hole left him three strokes behind on the final hole and out of contention but his tie for second place gave him his best performance in a major to date.[3]

On 19 March 2017, Leishman won his second PGA Tour event, the Arnold Palmer Invitational. On 17 September 2017, he claimed his third PGA Tour event, the BMW Championship with a tournament record −23. On 14 October 2018, Leishman shot a 7-under 65 in the final round to win the CIMB Classic by five strokes and equal Justin Thomas' tournament record of 26-under-par in 2015 on the TPC Kuala Lumpur West course.

Personal lifeEdit

Leishman is married to Audrey and they have three children. They live in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.[4]

On 31 March 2015, Audrey admitted herself to hospital suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome. Leishman returned from preparations for the 2015 Masters Tournament to be with her. She was put in an induced coma, and toxic shock began to affect her organs. She was given a 5% chance of recovery. In mid-April, she had recovered enough to return home,[4] and Leishman resumed the Tour in New Orleans.

Amateur wins (4)Edit

Professional wins (12)Edit

PGA Tour wins (4)Edit

Legend
FedEx Cup playoff event (1)
Other PGA Tour events (3)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 24 Jun 2012 Travelers Championship −14 (68-66-70-62=266) 1 stroke   Charley Hoffman,   Bubba Watson
2 19 Mar 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational −11 (71-66-71-69=277) 1 stroke   Charley Hoffman,   Kevin Kisner
3 17 Sep 2017 BMW Championship −23 (62-64-68-67=261) 5 strokes   Rickie Fowler,   Justin Rose
4 14 Oct 2018 CIMB Classic1 −26 (68-62-67-65=262) 5 strokes   Bronson Burgoon,   Emiliano Grillo
  Chesson Hadley

1 Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour.

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Season Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2015 The Open Championship   Zach Johnson,   Louis Oosthuizen Johnson won four-hole aggregate playoff:
Johnson 3-3-5-4=15 (−1), Oosthuizen 3-4-5-4=16 (E), Leishman 5-4-5-4=18 (+2)
2 2018 CJ Cup   Justin Thomas Lost to birdie on second extra hole

European Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 6 Dec 2015
(2016 season)
Nedbank Golf Challenge1 −19 (68-68-66-67=269) 6 strokes   Henrik Stenson

1 Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour.

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Season Tournament Opponents Result
1 2015 The Open Championship   Zach Johnson,   Louis Oosthuizen Johnson won four-hole aggregate playoff
Johnson 3-3-5-4=15 (−1), Oosthuizen 3-4-5-4=16 (E), Leishman 5-4-5-4=18 (+2)

Sunshine Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 6 Dec 2015 Nedbank Golf Challenge1 −19 (68-68-66-67=269) 6 strokes   Henrik Stenson

1 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour.

Nationwide Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 12 Oct 2008 WNB Golf Classic −21 (67-66-66-68=267) 11 strokes   Keoke Cotner

Von Nida Tour wins (5)Edit

  • 2006 Cairns Classic, Nth Qld X-Ray Services Cairns Classic, Toyota Southern Classic
  • 2007 Toyota Southern Classic
  • 2008 Victorian PGA Championship

Korean Tour wins (1)Edit

  • 2006 Jisan Resort Open

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUT T4 CUT CUT T43 9
U.S. Open CUT T51 CUT CUT T18 T27 T45
The Open Championship T60 CUT CUT T5 T2 T53 T6 60
PGA Championship T48 T27 T12 T46 CUT T60 T13 T71
Tournament 2019
Masters Tournament T49
PGA Championship CUT
U.S. Open T35
The Open Championship CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 2 2 7 4
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 7
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 5
The Open Championship 0 1 0 2 3 3 8 6
Totals 0 1 0 3 5 8 33 22
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 12 (2016 U.S. Open – 2019 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (five times)

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Mexico Championship T63 T28 T37 T62
Match Play R64 R16 T51 R16 T52 R16
FedEx St. Jude Invitational T45 3 T33 55 T41 T14
HSBC Champions 9 T11 T38
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied

Team appearancesEdit

Professional

RecognitionEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Marc Leishman runs away with WNB Golf Classic". Golf.com. Associated Press. 12 October 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Marc Leishman". The Times of India. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  3. ^ "British Open: Marc Leishman takes play-off misfortune in his stride after wife's illness". ABC News Online. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Marc Leishman returns to PGA Tour after wife's serious illness". ABC News Online. 21 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Leishman wins Greg Norman Medal to celebrate breakthrough year on PGA Tour". Sydney Morning Herald. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.

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