Smith holds off Leishman to defend Australian PGA title

(Reuters) – Cameron Smith edged Marc Leishman through two strokes in a see-saw ultimate spherical to protect his Australian PGA Championship name on Sunday.

Australia’s Cameron Smith kisses the trophy after successful the Australian PGA Golfing Championship on the Royal Pines Hotel at the Gold Coast, in Australia December 2, 2018. AAP/Tim Marsden/by way of REUTERS

Australian Smith, 25, made two bogeys within the first 4 holes as his three-shot in a single day lead over compatriot Leishman evaporated however fought again brilliantly over the again 9 to assert victory on the Ecu Excursion co-sanctioned match.

Smith’s ultimate spherical of two-under-par 70 took him to 16-under as he changed into the primary participant to effectively protect the name since Robert Allenby in 2001.

Leishman completed on a complete of 14-under after his ultimate spherical of 69. His problem pale with dropped pictures at the 14th and 16th holes.

Englishman Ross McGowan broke the route document with a 63 to complete on 11-under in 3rd position along Matthew Millar (68).

Smith mentioned the overall spherical have been “beautiful particular” and thanked his friends and family for holding him going.

“I’m misplaced for phrases, I’m hopeless at this,” he mentioned in a video posted at the Ecu Excursion’s Twitter web page.

Leishman had the merit over his Global Cup crew spouse after selecting up 3 immediately birdies from the 3rd and any other on the 8th to make the flip in 32.

After his sluggish get started Smith were given a shot again at the 6th then had 3 bridies in 4 holes from the 12th to come back house in 33 and safe his 2nd Ecu Excursion name.

“I believe Cam made birdies when he needed to so all credit score to him,” mentioned Leishman. “I’m clearly upset I didn’t get it over the road however happy that I gave it a run there and made it beautiful attention-grabbing.

“I’m glad for Cam, we had a excellent struggle available in the market. I did wish to win, I gave it my absolute best and simply didn’t make it.”

Reporting through Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; enhancing through Peter Rutherford

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