Leishman earns 1st PGA title at Travelers

11:07 PM, Jun 24, 2012   |    comments
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Cromwell, CT (Sports Network) - Marc Leishman fired an 8-under 62 on Sunday to go into the clubhouse as the leader at the Travelers Championship, then waited as every challenger fell short before claiming the title.

Leishman, whose title is his first on the PGA Tour, finished the tournament at 14-under-par 266. The Australian had twice finished as the runner-up, and tied for third at the Byron Nelson Championship in May.

But now the 28-year-old is a winner, though he had to sweat it out as numerous players overtook or challenged his lead.

Masters winner Bubba Watson (65) was at minus-13 through 13 holes, but didn't make another birdie to finish one stroke behind.

Then, Charley Hoffman (66) made it to minus-16 after 13 holes, but fell apart down the stretch. He had a double bogey at 17 and bogey at the last to slip into a tie with Watson. The two shared second place at 13-under 267.

Third-round leaders Brian Davis and Roland Thatcher presented the last big threat to Leishman's lead. But both suffered ill-timed bogeys on the back nine, and when Thatcher failed to birdie the last, the championship was Leishman's.

Davis (70) and Thatcher (70) ended in a tie for fourth at minus-12, along with Tim Clark (67) and John Rollins (68).

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