Marc Leishman Wins Farmers Insurance Open

The Aussie birdied the 18th to beat Jon Rahm by one at Torrey Pines

Marc Leishman Wins Farmers Insurance Open
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The Aussie birdied the 18th to beat Jon Rahm by one at Torrey Pines

Marc Leishman Wins Farmers Insurance Open

Marc Leishman won his fifth PGA Tour title in style after a superb 65 on Sunday at Torrey Pines.

The Aussie, who was searching for his first win since October 2018, made eight birdies and just one bogey on a tough day in San Diego where only he and Charley Hoffman shot lower than five under.

Leishman made five birdies on his front nine to go clear atop the leaderboard and it looked like he was going to stroll home.

That's because the final group of Rahm, McIlroy and Palmer were eight over after four holes, although a rampant Rahm almost took the tournament to extra holes thanks to a stunning back nine.

The Spaniard, winner of this event in 2017, shot three over for the front nine but came back in five under with an eagle and four birdies in his last six holes.

That got him to -14, one shy of Leishman at 15 under whose birdie on the 18th was the winning stroke.

Watch: Leishman's winning birdie - 

The 36-year-old's 65 was in spite of his poor driving in the final round where he his just three fairways and lost -1.235 strokes to the field, which was 70th for the day.

However, his putting was electrifying at Stroked Gained +4.778 for the day and +8.031 for week to lead the field.

“I saw that the guys out front didn't get off to the best start and then that really got my determination up," he said.

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"I've led here early in the last round maybe once or twice and let it slip.

"I was very determined to not let that happen again.”

Seven-time champion Tiger Woods closed with a 70 (-2) to finish T9th at nine under.

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Farmers Insurance Open Leaderboard:

1  Marc Leishman -15

2 Jon Rahm -14

T3 Brandt Snedeker -12

T3 Jon Rahm -12

5 Tom Hoge -11

T6 Bubba Watson -10

T6 Patrick Reed -10

T6 Tony Finau -10

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV