Leishman secures maiden victory at Travelers

Australia’s Marc Leishman has fired a miraculous final round 62 to win the 2012 Travelers Championship and claim his first PGA Tour victory.

Leishman, who has endured several near misses in the quest for his maiden PGA Tour victory, was forced to wait over 2 hours while the rest of field completed their rounds, after posting a bogey-free 8-under 62 early on Sunday.

The wait was worth it, as Leishman’s 14-under total was enough for a one shot victory over 2012 US Masters champion, Bubba Watson and Charley Hoffman, who fell away with a double-bogey at the 17th and a bogey at the 18th to close the tournament at 13-under.

“Unbelievable. It definitely hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s been a while since I’ve won a tournament. Probably four years, I guess. So to have this sitting next to me knowing it’s mine for a year is pretty cool.”

“It’s going to take a while to sink in, I think. Like I said out on the green, people say that they don’t know how they feel, you know, excited, all that, of course. But I really don’t know how I feel. It’s amazing.”

Leishman, who sat at 160th in the world prior to this week, now moves inside the world top 100 at 92nd following his victory today and also closes in on the US$6 million mark in PGA Tour career earnings with his winning purse of $US1,080,000.

The Victorian climbs 60 places up the FedEx Cup ladder to 23rd and 27th on the 2012 PGA Tour money list.

Marc Leishman Marc Leishman (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The next best of the Australians was Stuart Appleby, who fell out of contention today with a round of 2-over 72 and slipped to a tie for 18th place.

Appleby entered the final round in a tie for third place and was looking like a good chance to reverse his recent run of poor form and claim his first Tour victory since the Greenbrier Classic in mid-2010.

Nathan Green finished a shot back at 7-under with Greg Chalmers and Aaron Baddeley in T37 at 5-under. Gavin Coles rounded out the Aussies who played on Sunday in T60.