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.
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.
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.
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.