Marc Leishman of Australia holds the trophy after winning the 2012 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands on June 24, 2012 in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Marc Leishman of Australia holds the trophy after winning the 2012 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands on June 24, 2012 in Cromwell, Connecticut. Jim Rogash - Getty Images

Good weekend for golfers

AUSTRALIAN golfers narrowly missed out on claiming three of the biggest tournaments played around the globe last weekend.

Victorian Marc Leishman became the first Aussie to win on the USPGA Tour this year after carding an 8-under par 62 in the final round to win the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut.

Queenslander Brad Kennedy won the Mizuno Open, his first tournament win in Japan, by three shots and earned a place in next month's British Open.

And another Victorian, Marcus Fraser missed a short par putt to finish runner-up to England's Danny Willett after a four-hole playoff at the BMW International in Germany.

Leishman, who started the round six strokes behind the leaders, said he had no idea how he would end up after his round.

"When I finished I didn't know whether it would be good enough. I was pretty confident it wouldn't be," he said "But golf is a funny game."

American Charley Hoffman blew a two-shot lead on the final two holes to give Leishman his eighth win as a professional.

"You'd almost rather make a few birdies coming in to win, rather than have someone hand it to you," Leishman, who is only the second Aussie to win the event following Greg Norman in 1995, said.

"But having said that, I'm not going to give this back or anything."

Leishman's 62 was also the lowest score in a final round by a champion this season.

He banked $A1.08 million for the win, more than double his earnings this season.

He became the fifth player in seven years to win their first tour title at River Highlands, joining Fredrik Jacobson last year, Bubba Watson (2010), Hunter Mahan (2007) and J.J. Henry (2006).



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