Marc Leishman shoots 62 to win Travelers
By Pat Eaton-Robb ,AP
June 26, 2012, 12:09 am TWN
CROMWELL, Connecticut -- Marc Leishman's victory at the Travelers Championship came hours after he watched fellow Australian Marcus Fraser lose in a playoff on the European Tour.
Both are coached by Denis McDade and Leishman said he wanted to give McDade at least one win Sunday.
“That was actually a little bit of incentive for me,” said Leishman, who earned his first Tour win. “I was watching before I teed off, Frase on TV. (I was) trying to get one for Denis, so it was good to be able to be able to do it.”
Leishman shot an 8-under 62, but didn't secure his first Tour win until Charley Hoffman blew a two-stroke lead on the final two holes.
The 28-year-old began the day six strokes behind the leaders, but made eight birdies in a bogey-free round. He finished at 14-under 266.
“I didn't think it was going to be enough,” he said. “Golf is a funny game, a really funny game.”
Hoffman was 16 under heading to the 17th hole, but pushed his tee shot right and into the water. He made a double bogey, and bogeyed the 18th after failing to get up and down from a greenside bunker.
“When it's said and done, obviously a bad finish and a bad taste in my mouth, but you learn from it,” he said. “Any time you put yourself in contention, you learn from that.”
Hoffman closed with a 66 to tie for second with Masters champion Bubba Watson, who shot a 65.
Leishman became the fifth player in seven years to break through with their first tour win at River Highlands, joining Fredrik Jacobson last year, Watson in 2010, Hunter Mahan in 2007 and J.J. Henry in 2006.
Leishman's 62 was the lowest score in a final round by a champion on tour this season.
“You'd almost rather make a few birdies coming in to win, rather than have someone hand it to you,” he said. “But having said that, I'm not going to give this back or anything.”