Dec 6th, 2015
Marc Leishman takes the Nedbank Challenge
Aussie makes up for Open disappointment
Words: Daniel Owen Photography: Getty Images
Who let the Leish off, as Aussie Marc Leishman won his first European Tour title by six-shots at the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.
One ahead of the field going into the final round, the world number 47 bogied the third but made it look easy six birdies in his five-under 67 strolling to victory at 19 under.
"I knew it was going to be a really tough day, I knew I had to play well," he said. "I'm really pleased that I could play as well as I did and have a little bit of a buffer there at the end."
Leishman's bogey at the third was his only one in the low round of the day, and he made just three in total over the course of a week
Leishman's hadn’t won a tournament since his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Travelers Championship in 2012. He shot the lowest round of the week with a 64 at The Open at St Andrews in July and led the Championship with six holes to play before losing in a three-man play-off won to American Zach Johnson.
Henrik Stenson and his magic three wood retained second place after four birdies and four bogeys in a level par 72.
Englishman Chris Wood was third after a 68 and defending champion Danny Willett was 11 shots behind Leishman in joint fourth.