MON­STER PUTT

New Straits Times - - Sport -

It’s been re­ally close and I just haven’t played quite like how I wanted to on Sun­days but to­day was the day.”

Leish­man blew away a strong field to win the Ned­bank Chal­lenge by six strokes on the Euro­pean Tour in South Africa 15 months ago but this was his first PGA Tour vic­tory since his maid en tri­umph at Hart­ford in 2012.

And it was Leish­man’s first vic­tory in the US since his wife nearly died of toxic shock two years ago. She is now healthy again and preg­nant with their third child.

Leish­man also took time to pay his re­spects to Palmer, who died in Septem­ber at the age of 87.

Leish­man, the third Aus­tralian to win at Bay Hill af­ter Rod Pam­pling in 2006 and Ja­son Day last year, cred­ited a new driver with his im­proved form.

“I’ve been play­ing well all year,” he said.

“It’s re­ally been a game changer. It’s funny, this game is a lot eas­ier out of the fair­way.” Reuters

AFP PIC

Marc Leish­man cel­e­brates with his chil­dren Oliver and Harry af­ter fin­ish­ing on the 18th dur­ing the fi­nal round of the Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional on Sun­day.

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