Marc Leishman finishes romp at last BMW Championship before its astute move to August

Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Golf

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The BMW Championship ended delightfully Sunday, with no drama.

Marc Leishman took a four-shot lead into the 72nd hole at Conway Farms and barely even practiced his final putt. No plumb-bobbing, no fuss. Leishman stroked in the 18-footer from the fringe, waited for Rickie Fowler to finish and then got bum-rushed by his sons, Harvey, 5, and Ollie, 4.

Leishman is a low-key guy, a distant third in name recognition among his fellow Aussies, the bombing Jason Day and dashing Adam Scott.

He reacted to news that he bettered Tiger Woods' BMW Championship record of 22-under by calling the feat "nice."

Leishman, 33, is built like a former Division II linebacker. He's a genial, non-controversial guy who prefers family time to practicing and mowing his lawn to cardio work.

"I'm not a gym rat at all," he said. "I haven't run in about 10 years."

He won only once on tour until this season. He switched drivers, won at Bay Hill in March and dominated this week, a wire-to-wire finish with scores of 62-64-68-67. He was Tom Brady on Sunday. The rest of the field was the Bears.

"Marc's a world-class player now," Fowler said. "He's got the power, hits it plenty far. He's definitely not someone you look past. Maybe that's been the case in the past."

There was a moment Sunday -- OK, longer than a moment -- when it seemed that Leishman would be overshadowed again.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia needed a decent score on No. 18 -- a bogey 6, as it turned out -- to finish in the top 30 in FedEx Cup points and advance to next week's lucrative Tour Championship in Atlanta.


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