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Marc Leish­man se­cured a stun­ning vic­tory at the CIMB Clas­sic to be­come the first Aus­tralian and non-Amer­i­can to win the US$7 mil­lion tour­na­ment.

The 34-year-old posted a fi­nal round seven-un­der-par 65 to claim his fourth PGA TOUR ti­tle and broke the stran­gle­hold of the Amer­i­cans, who have tri­umphed in the last eight edi­tions. With a win­ning to­tal of 26-un­der-par 262, the Aus­tralian dom­i­nated the event with a five-shot vic­tory over Ar­gentina’s Emil­iano Grillo (66), Ches­son Hadley (66) and first round-leader Bron­son Bur­goon (68). His win­ning score also equaled the low four-day to­tal set by Justin Thomas in 2015.

There was heart­break for joint overnight leader Shub­hankar Sharma, who was aim­ing to be­come only the sec­ond In­dian to win on the PGA TOUR. He set­tled for tied-10th fol­low­ing a 72 in his de­but at the event.

With the vic­tory, Leish­man earned a cool prize purse of US$1.26 mil­lion.

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