SUBSCRIBE

GOLF ROUNDUP

Leishman pulls away to win BMW championship

Marc Leishman liked his birdie putt on the 15th during the final round of the BMW Championship on Sunday.

Associated Press 

Given another opportunity to win, Marc Leishman didn’t give anyone much of a chance in the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Ill.

Staked to a five-shot lead, Leishman made back-to-back birdies late in the final round Sunday to put away the final challenge, then closed with a birdie for a 4-under-par 67 to set the tournament record and win by five over Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler.

Advertisement

It was Leishman’s second victory this year, and it sends him to East Lake as the No. 4 seed in the FedEx Cup, giving him a clear shot at the $10 million prize.

Leishman finished at 23-under 261, breaking the 72-hole tournament record that Tiger Woods set at Cog Hill in 2007. The timing could not have been better for the 33-year-old Australian. In his last event two weeks ago, he lost a two-shot lead on the back nine at TPC Boston. He said that loss stung more than most.

‘‘I had a few scars from a few weeks ago,’’ Leishman said. ‘‘I was just really, really determined to not let that happen again. Got it done.’’

And it was never really close. Rose was the only player who got within two shots of the lead, only for Leishman to answer with a 30-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole and a 10-footer for birdie on the 16th. Rose closed with a 65.

Fowler made a late run when he was too far back, and he needed one more birdie on the 18th to grab the No. 5 seed for the FedEx Cup finale next week at the Tour Championship. He ripped driver off the fairway and over the stream to the back rough. It was a bold play that preceded a pair of meager efforts — a chip that came up 25 feet short, and a birdie putt that didn’t to the hole. He closed with a 67.

Advertisement

Jon Rahm birdied four of his last five holes for a 67 and will be the No. 5 seed.

Jordan Spieth shot 65 to tie for seventh and kept the No. 1 seed, followed by Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Leishman, and Rahm. The points are reset to give all 30 players at East Lake a mathematical chance, but the top five seeds only have to win the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup.

LPGA — Anna Nordqvist beat Shrewsbury’s Brittany Altomare in a playoff under driving rain and hail at the first extra hole to win the Evian Championship in Evian-Les-Bains, France.

Nordqvist sank a 4-foot putt for bogey-5 on the soaked 18th hole while 102nd-ranked Altomare had a 6.

Course workers removed pools of water from the 18th green as the players approached after their third shots. The par-4 hole was near-treacherous for the playoff.

‘‘I am from Sweden and I'm freezing,’’ said Nordqvist, who was confined to bed for two weeks in July by a bout of mononucleosis. ‘‘I feel like I'm pretty used to bad conditions and that was probably some of the worst I've seen.’’

Nordqvist’s victory ensured 10 different major winners in the last two seasons.

The 30-year-old Swede earned $547,500 for winning her first major since the 2009 LPGA Championship.

Altomare got $340,000 for only her second career top-10 finish, three weeks after she secured a third-place tie at the Portland Classic.

‘‘It’s really big,’’ Altomare said. ‘‘I had a good week in Portland . . . and I felt like I could now start getting some good finishes.’’

Nordqvist and Altomare both shot 66 for 9-under totals of 204. It was a 54-hole event after weather-affected play Thursday was scrapped.

Second-round leader Moriya Jutanugarn and two-time major winner Lydia Ko fell out of the playoff by dropping shots on the 18th.

Jutanugarn (72) and Ko (69) finished in a tie for third with Katherine Kirk, whose 70 included bogeys at the 16th and 17th as the chilling rain fell.

Champions — Hartford’s Jerry Kelly avoided the late trouble that derailed Lee Janzen and David McKenzie in Victoria, British Columbia, to win his second event in four weeks.

Kelly closed with a 3-under 68 for a one-stroke victory in the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship over Janzen.

The 50-year-old Kelly, a stroke behind McKenzie and Jerry Smith entering the final round, won the Boeing Classic outside Seattle last month for his first senior title. The three-time PGA Tour winner finished at 14-under 199 on Bear Mountain’s Mountain Course.

Janzen also shot 68, but dropped three late strokes to give away the lead. After making three birdies in a row, he bogeyed the 15th and made a double bogey on the par-4 17th.

McKenzie, the Australian trying to become the first qualifier to win since 2012, dropped back with double bogeys on the par-3 14th and the 17th. He birdied the par-5 18th for a 71 that left him tied for third at 12 under with Tommy Armour III.

European — Romain Wattel shot a 2-under 69 to finish 15 under and win the KLM Open in Spijk, Netherlands, for the Frenchman’s first victory in 187 tournaments on the European Tour.

Wattel had four birdies and two bogeys in the final round and parred his final seven holes.

The 26-year-old Frenchman said he has been struggling for two years with his putter, but finally found his touch again this week.

Symetra — Hannah Green shot a course-record 8-under 64 to win the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout in El Dorado, Ark., and wrap up an LPGA Tour card.

The 20-year-old Australian earned $15,000 for her second victory of her rookie season to jump from sixth to fourth on the money list with $76,290. The top 10 after the final three events will earn LPGA Tour cards.

With father Tau serving as her caddie, Green finished at 14-under 205 at Mystic Creek to beat France’s Celine Boutier by a stroke.

Green also received a $10,000 diamond bracelet from Murphy-Pritard Jewelers.

Boutier, also a two-time winner this season, closed with a 69. The former Duke player earned $9,715 to move from second to first on the money list with $107,876.

Green also won the Sara Bay Classic in April in Florida. Four years ago after graduating from high school in Perth, she devised a plan to reach the LPGA Tour.

‘‘I set a plan and I wasn’t going to college in the US or studying in Australia, I just said that I was turning professional and I wanted to be on the LPGA,’’ Green said. “I've been dreaming about this for at least four years so to have it come true is awesome.’’

PGA Cup — Robert Coles scored his fourth point of the week with a singles victory to help Britain and Ireland beat the United States, 10-6, in Ottershaw, England.

The Englishmen beat Josh Speight, 2 and 1, and Britain and Ireland took 7½ of the 10 singles points to successfully defend the Llandudno International Trophy for the first time since 1984.