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The Takeaway

Leishman wins BMW wire-to-wire

by Mo Yoshimoto
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

BMW Championship

Lake Forest, IL

 

 

Overnight leader and World No. 22 Marc Leishman enjoyed a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round at Conway Farms Golf Club to wrap on 23-under 261, good for a five-shot wire-to-wire win over runners-up Justin Rose (65) and Rickie Fowler (67).

 

Unlike the first two legs of the FedExCup (FEC) Playoffs, there was no back-nine duel between the game’s elite this week. Leishman began with a five-shot lead, led by five at the turn, and won by five, slamming the door with three birdies over his final four holes.

 

Jason Day, the 2015 wire-to-wire winner on the tourney’s last visit to Conway Farms, shot 69 for solo 4th, seven back, while Matt Kuchar (67) and Jon Rahm (67) shared 5th place, eight adrift.

 

Leishman’s 23-under tally matches the tournament record (to par) set by Dustin Johnson last year (Crooked Stick), and breaks the aggregate scoring record, eclipsing 262 by Day and 2007 champ Tiger Woods (Cog Hill).

 

 

 

Final Leaderboard:

 

1st- Marc Leishman (-23) 62-64-68-67= 261

T2- Justin Rose (-18) 67-68-66-65= 266

T2- Rickie Fowler (-18) 65-64-70-67= 266

4th- Jason Day (-16) 64-65-70-69= 268

T5- Matt Kuchar (-15) 67-68-67-67= 269

T5- Jon Rahm (-15) 69-68-65-67= 269

 

Note: Rahm is only player to record top-5 finishes in each of the first three Playoffs events.

 

 

 

With FEC points quadrupled, Leishman collects 2,000 FEC points for the victory and bumps three spots to a career-high 4th in the FEC standings.

 

 

Top 5 in FEC Standings:

 

1. Jordan Spieth

2. Justin Thomas

3. Dustin Johnson

4. Marc Leishman

5. Jon Rahm

 

Dropped out of Top 5 in FEC:

 

Hideki Matsuyama (4th to 7th)

 

 

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The last five FEC champions were no worse than 6thin the standings entering the TOUR Championship.

 

 

Leishman, a pre-tourney 40/1 outright, bags his third PGA TOUR title in his 223rd career event, first as 54-hole leader/co-leader.

 

 

3 wins

 

2017: BMW Championship (wire-to-wire)

Winning Margin: 5 shots

Career Start: 223

 

2017: Arnold Palmer Invitational (come from behind, 3-shot deficit)

Winning Margin: 1 shot

Career Start: 207

 

2012: Travelers Championship (come from behind, 6-shot deficit)

Winning Margin: 1 shot

Career Start: 96

 

 

Note: Leishman went 111 starts between wins No.1 and No. 2; 16 starts between wins 2 and 3.

 

 

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Multiple Winners on TOUR (season):

 

Justin Thomas: 5 (one major)

Dustin Johnson: 4

Jordan Spieth: 3 (one major)

Hideki Matsuyama: 3

Marc Leishman: 2

 

 

 

The Aussie, who lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, claims his first FEC Playoffs victory in 27 postseason events and third top 10, with all three doubling as top 3s:

 

 

27 FEC Playoffs starts

6 top 25s

3 top 10s

3 top 5s

1 win

 

 

His previous best in the Playoffs was T2 at his BMW Championship debut in 2009 (Cog Hill) during his rookie season on TOUR, finishing a distant eight shots shy of champion Woods.

 

Playing his ninth consecutive season on TOUR, Leishman returns to the TOUR Championship for just a second time after T28 (of 30) in 2009 (70-74-70-78).

 

 

Leishman's Season:

 

24 starts

21 made cuts

3 missed cuts

 

15 top 25s

7 top 10s

5 top 5s

2 wins

Form: 1-3-CUT-T13-T41-T6-T5

 

 

Leishman at BMW:

 

8 starts

3 top 25s

2 top 10s (T2/2009)

1 win

 

Leishman did not qualify for the 2015 edition at Conway Farms and finished T39 in 2013 (73-71-71-69).

 

 

 

FEC Playoffs Implications:

 


IN:

Tony Finau (finished T7): from 39 to 24 in FEC standings

Sergio Garcia (T12): from 34 to 25

Xander Schauffele (T20): from 32 to 26

Patrick Cantlay (T9): from 41 to 29

 

OUT:

Louis Oosthuizen (T63): from 24 to 31

Henrik Stenson (T51): from 26 to 32

Brendan Steele (T44): from 27 to 33

Bill Haas (T53): from 30 to 35

 

 

With Stenson and Haas getting knocked out, Spieth is the only FEC champ to qualify for this coming week’s TOUR Championship. The 24-year-old maintained the No. 1 spot in the FEC standings with a T7 on 13-under 271 (65-70-71-65) and tied Thomas (T47) for the season lead in top-10 finishes.

 

 

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Eight of 10 FEC champions have not made it back to East Lake the following year. 2012 champ Brandt Snedeker (2013) and 2015 champ Spieth (2016) are the only ones.

 

 

 

Updated Top 10 in FEC standings (points):

 

 

1. Jordan Spieth (5,421)

2. Justin Thomas (5,081)

3. Dustin Johnson (4,730)

4. Marc Leishman (4,084); UP three

5. Jon Rahm (3,314)

6. Rickie Fowler (3,197)

7. Hideki Matsuyama (3,058); DOWN three

8. Justin Rose (2,514); UP nine

9. Brooks Koepka (2,170)

10. Paul Casey (2,145); DOWN two

 

Note: Pat Perez, who finished T12 this week, dropped from 10th to 11th.

 

 

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Rory McIlroy won the FEC last year as the 6-seed. He finished T58 this week and was eliminated from the Playoffs at 58th in the standings.

 

 

 

Season Leaders in Top-10 Finishes:

 

 

Jordan Spieth (11 in 21 events)

Justin Thomas (11 in 24 events)

 

Rickie Fowler (10 in 20)

Jon Rahm (10 in 22)

 

Dustin Johnson (8 in 19)

Paul Casey (8 in 23)

Matt Kuchar (8 in 25)

 

Justin Rose (7 in 17)

Hideki Matsuyama (7 in 21)

Marc Leishman (7 in 24)

Kevin Kisner (7 in 27)

Tony Finau (7 in 28)

Brian Harman (7 in 29)

Charley Hoffman (7 in 30)

 

Pat Perez (6 in 25)

Brooks Koepka (6 in 23)

Daniel Berger (6 in 25)

Webb Simpson (6 in 27)

Rory McIlroy (6 in 14); eliminated

 

 

 

22 (of 47) winners this season had a top-25 finish the start prior (46.8%). Leishman was the fourth consecutive:

 

 

Recent:

Marc Leishman: 1, BMW; after 3 at Dell Tech

Justin Thomas: 1, Dell Tech; after T6 at The NT

Dustin Johnson: P1, NORTHERN TRUST; after T13, PGA

 

 

 

16 (of 47) winners this season had a top-10 finish the start prior (34.0%). Leishman is the second consecutive and fourth in the last 22 events:

 

 

Recent:

Marc Leishman: 1, BMW after 3 at Dell Tech

Justin Thomas: 1, Dell Tech; after T6 at The NT

Jordan Spieth: 1, The Open; after P1 at Travelers

 

 

 

2017 Tournament Winners (46 events/47 winners):

 

 

40 (of 47) winners this season were 33-years-old or younger

 

27 winners were in their 20s

15 were in their 30s (Leishman, age: 33)

5 were in their 40s

 

  

 

Field Scoring Average:

 

 

This was the 11th playing of the BMW (in the FEC era) and third at Conway Farms:

 

7,208 yards; par 71 (35-36)

 

 

R1: 68.855

R2: 69.072

R3: 69.420

R4: 69.116

 

Total: 69.116

 

 

Leishman: 62-64-68-67 for 15.464 SG: Total

 

 

Leishman’s Position by Round:

 

R1: 1st

R2: 1st    

R3: 1st 

 

 

Note: Leishman is just the second wire-to-wire winner (no ties) this season, joining Thomas (Sony).

 

 

 

How Leishman Won on Sunday:

 

 

After opening in career-tying-low 62-64-68, Leishman steadily increased his lead from two, to three, to five.

 

Playing out of the final twosome with Fowler, he hit seven (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation (GIR).

 

Leishman squared bogey-5s at holes 5 and 13 (3-putt from 69'7"), outpaced by six birdies, including three in his final four holes, capping with a 19-footer from the fringe for birdie-4 at the 72nd hole.

 

He posted 1.692 putts per GIR and 0.309 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.

 

Leishman improves to 1-for-2 when leading/co-leading after 54 holes.

 

His first career 54-hole lead/co-lead came two weeks (one start) ago at the Dell, where he co-led after 54 holes with Thomas. Leishman built a two-stroke lead at the turn at TPC Boston with an outward 30 but came home in birdie-less 5-over 40 to fall to solo 3rd. Below are his R4 stats comparison: Dell vs. BMW.

 

 

 

Leishman’s R4 Stats Comparison: Dell vs. BMW (field ranking):

 

 

SG: Off-the-Tee:

Dell: -0.463 (58th)

BMW: -0.926 (59th)

 

SG: Approach-the-Green:

Dell: -0.523 (54th)

BMW: 1.128 (15th)

 

Proximity:

Dell: 45’2” (T75)

BMW: 37’7” (42nd)

 

SG: Around-the-Green:

Dell: -1.085 (69th)

BMW: 1.606 (7th)

 

SG: Putting:

Dell: 2.096 (11th)

BMW: 0.309 (28th)

 

SG: Total:

Dell: 0.025 (T35)

BMW: 2.116 (T11)

 

 

How Leishman Won the Tournament:

 

 

Ranked 1stin Total Birdies; 1stin Par-4 Scoring; 1stin SG: Tee-to-Green; 2nd in SG: Around-the-Green; 2nd in Putts per GIR and 2nd in Total Putts.

 

 

Leishman’s Weekly Stats (ranking of 69 players):

 

 

Birdies: 29 (1st)

Bogeys: 6 (T13)

 

Par-3 Scoring: 3.00 (T18)

Par-4 Scoring: 3.66 (1st)

Par-5 Scoring: 4.33 (T4)

 

Driving Distance (all drives): 288.0 yards (46th)

Driving Accuracy: 38/56 (T9) at 67.86%

GIR: 52/72 (T5) at 72.22%

Proximity: 40’10” (64th)

Putts per GIR: 1.558 (2nd)

Total Putts: 102 (T2)

Putts by Round: 26-24-25-27

Scrambling: 15/20 (T14) at 75.00%

 

SG: Off-the-Tee: 1.352 (23rd)

SG: Approach-the-Green: 3.589 (8th)

SG: Around-the-Green: 6.042 (2nd)

SG: Putting: 4.481 (4th)

SG: Tee-to-Green: 10.981 (1st)

 

 

 

Updated Top 10 in Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR):

 

 

With a Strength of Field rating of 686 (up from 663 last year), Leishman banks 72.00 world-ranking points and climbs seven places to a career-high 15thin OWGR.

 

 

1. Dustin Johnson

2. Jordan Spieth

3. Hideki Matsuyama

4. Justin Thomas

5. Jon Rahm

6. Jason Day; UP three

7. Rickie Fowler; UP three

8. Rory McIlroy; DOWN two

9. Henrik Stenson; DOWN two

10. Sergio Garcia; DOWN two

 

Note: At 22nd in OWGR entering the week, Leishman snaps a streak of 10 straight winners of a Playoffs event that were inside the top 15 in OWGR at the time of victory.

 

 

 

Yahoo! Low Rounds:

 

 

R1: Marc Leishman (62)

R2: Marc Leishman, Rickie Fowler (64)

R3: Jon Rahm, Lucas Glover, Webb Simpson, Xander Schauffele (65)

R4: Brooks Koepka, Kevin Na (63)

 

 

 

Weekend Bogey-free Rounds:

 

 

R3: Louis Oosthuizen (66); Justin Rose (66); Scott Brown (67)

 

R4: Kevin Na (63); Adam Hadwin (65); Jordan Spieth (65); Martin Laird (66); Matt Kuchar (67); James Hahn (71: 18 pars)

 

 

 

Leader/co-leaders by Round:

 

 

R1: Leishman: Improves to 1-for-3 as 18-hole leader/co-leader

 

R2: Leishman: Improves to 1-for-3 as 36-hole leader/co-leader

 

R3: Leishman: Improves to 1-for-2 as 54-hole leader/co-leader

 

 

 

Runners-Up:

 

 

Justin Rose: The 2011 winner (Cog Hill) finished T2 on 18-under 266 (67-68-66-65). It’s his 12thrunner-up in 304 career events, third this season in 17 starts, and fourth in the Playoffs.

 

 

Rose in FEC Playoffs:

 

35 starts

11 top 10s

7 top 5s

4 runners-up

1 win (2011 BMW)

Form: T2-T10-T10-T24

 

 

Rose’s Season:

 

17 starts

14 made cuts

3 missed cuts

 

9 top 25s

7 top 10s

5 top 5s

0 wins

FEC Rank: 8th

OWGR: 14th  

 

 

Rickie Fowler: The 28-year-old finished T2 on 18-under 266 (65-64-70-67). It’s his 11thrunner-up in 195 career events, second this season in 20 starts, and first in the Playoffs.

 

 

Fowler in FEC Playoffs:

 

27 starts

8 top 10s

4 top 5s

1 runner-up

1 win (2015 Deutsche Bank)

Form: T2-T13-T20-59

 

 

Fowler’s Season:

 

20 starts

17 made cuts

3 missed cuts

 

16 top 25s

10 top 10s

8 top 5s

1 win (Honda)

FEC Rank: 6th

OWGR: 7th

 

 

 

4th Place:

 

 

Jason Day: The 2015 champ finished solo 4th on 16-under 268 (64-65-70-69). It’s his fifth top 10 of the season in 19 starts and his 10thtop 5 in the Playoffs, which is No. 1 all-time, one better than Dustin Johnson and Woods.

 

 

Day in FEC Playoffs:

 

34 starts

14 top 10s

10 top 5s

2 wins (2015 BMW; 2015 Barclays)

Form: 4-T25-T6-WD-WD-T15

 

 

Day’s Season:

 

19 starts

15 made cuts

4 missed cuts

1 WD

 

11 top 25s

5 top 10s

3 top 5s

0 wins

FEC Rank: 15th

OWGR: 6th

 

 

 

5th Place (x2):

 

 

Matt Kuchar: The 39-year-old finished T5 on 15-under 269 (67-68-67-67). It’s his eighth top 10 of the season in 25 starts and seventh top 5 in the Playoffs.

 

 

Kuchar in FEC Playoffs:

 

38 starts

12 top 10s

7 top 5s

1 win (2010 Barclays)

Form: T5-T56-T10-T15-T4

 

 

Kuchar’s Season:

 

25 starts

21 made cuts

4 missed cuts

 

16 top 25s

8 top 10s

4 top 5s

0 wins

FEC Rank: 12th

OWGR: 13th

 

 

Note: Rahm (T5) is covered below.

 

 

 

TOUR Rookies &/or First-Timers:

 

 

TOUR Rookies: 6

Top-10 finishes: 1

Advanced to TOUR Championship: 2

 

Rookies eliminated from Playoffs (FEC rank): Mackenzie Hughes (36), Wesley Bryan (41), Ollie Schniederjans (60), Grayson Murray (66),  

 

 

Patrick Cantlay: Making his tournament debut, the TOUR rookie and World No. 88 finished T9 on 12-under 272 (67-65-70-70), claiming top-rookie honors.

 

It’s the fifth time this season that he’s been/shared low rookie (2nd, Valspar; T35, Memorial; T10, The NT; T13, Dell). The 25-year-old is 12-for-12 on the season with seven top 25s and three top 10s, highlighted by a career-best 2nd at the Valspar.

 

FEC Rank: 29th (career high)

OWGR: 76th (career high)

Form: T9-T13-T10-T33-T48

 

 

Xander Schauffele: Making his tournament debut, the TOUR rookie and World No. 68 finished T20 on 10-under 274 (72-70-65-67).

 

After opening the finale birdie-less 2-over thru 12 holes, he played his final six holes in 6-under, carding four birdies and an eagle-2 at the drivable par-4 15th. The 23-year-old is 19-for-27 on the season with 10 top 25s and three top 10s, highlighted by his maiden win at The Greenbrier Classic seven starts ago.

 

FEC Rank: 26th (career high)

OWGR: 66th (career high)

Form: T20-T53-T17-CUT-T13-T20-1

 

 

 

First-Timers: 17

Top-10 finishes: 3

 

 

Jon Rahm: The first-time member though not a rookie finished T5 on 15-under 269 (69-68-65-67), his third straight top 5 to begin the postseason and was top debutant for a third straight event as well.

 

The 22-year-old has 10 top 10s on the season in 22 starts, nine of those top 5s, highlighted by his maiden win at the Farmers 18 starts ago.

 

FEC Rank: 5th

OWGR: 5th

Form: T5-T4-T3-T58-T28-T44

 

 

Anirban Lahiri (T9) and Cantlay were the other two top-10 finishes among first-timers. Lahiri was eliminated at 51st in the FEC standings.

 

 

 

Consecutive Top 10s on TOUR:

 

 

Jordan Spieth (T7-2-P2)

Jon Rahm (T5-T4-T3)

Justin Rose (T2-T10-T10)

Marc Leishman (1-3)

 

 

 

Consecutive Top-10 streaks ended:

 

 

Justin Thomas (T47-1-T6-1)

Paul Casey (T33-T4-5)

 

 

 

Consecutive Top 25s on TOUR:

 

 

8- Rickie Fowler (T2-T13-T20-T5-9-T22-T3-T5)

 

4- Jason Day (4-T25-T6-T9)

 

3- Patrick Cantlay (T9-T13-T10)

 

2- Brooks Koepka (T12-T18)

2- Pat Perez (T12-T6)

2- Phil Mickelson (T20-T6); eliminated (34th in FEC)

 

 

 

Field Breakdown:

 

 

22 of the Top 25 in OWGR were in the field

 

7 finished in the top 10:

 

 

No. 2 Jordan Spieth (T7); pre-tourney fave 6/1 outright

No. 5 Jon Rahm (T5)

No. 9 Jason Day (T9)

No. 10 Rickie Fowler (T2)

No. 13 Matt Kuchar (T5)

No. 15 Justin Rose (T2)

No. 22 Marc Leishman (Won)

 

 

Other Top-10 Finishers:

 

No. 41 Webb Simpson (T9)

No. 63 Tony Finau (T7)

No. 75 Anirban Lahiri (T9)

No. 88 Patrick Cantlay (T9)

 

 

Other Notables:

 

No. 1 Dustin Johnson (T33); defender

No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama (T47)

No. 4 Justin Thomas (T47)

No. 6 Rory McIlroy (T58); eliminated

No. 7 Henrik Stenson (T51); eliminated

No. 8 Sergio Garcia (T12)

No. 11 Brooks Koepka (T12)

No. 14 Paul Casey (T33)