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Marc Leishman
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The Takeaway

Leishman heists Farmers for fifth TOUR title

by Mo Yoshimoto
Updated On: January 27, 2020, 9:50 am ET

Farmers Insurance Open

South Course at Torrey Pines

La Jolla, CA

Winner’s Share: $1,350,000

Event Type: 2-course rotation

 

This was the 68thplaying of the Farmers, 53rdwith the South Course hosting. The final two rounds are played on the South only:

South Course (SC): 7,765 yards; par 72 (36-36)

North Course (NC): 7,258 yards; par 72 (36-36)

SC: 72.53 (four rounds)

NC: 70.57 (two rounds)

Note: Strokes gained stats are only recorded on the South.

On Australia Day and playing out of the third-to-last threesome, Australia’s Marc Leishman (NC-SC) erased a four-shot deficit with a day-tying-low, 7-under-par 31-34=65 in Sunday’s final round for a 72-hole tally of 15-under 273, up six spots on the day and good for a one-shot victory over past champ, runner-up and overnight leader Jon Rahm, who rallied late to salvage a 70.

Two-time past champ Brandt Snedeker (68) and top-ranked and pre-tourney fave Rory McIlroy (69) came third, three adrift.

The World No. 28, playing his 12th straight season on TOUR, was a pre-tourney 60/1 outright and bags his fifth PGA TOUR title in 276 events, third in come-from-behind fashion. His first was the 2012 Travelers, where he came from six back (T20) with 8-under 62 to win by one, and 111 starts later, the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he came from three back (T3) with 3-under 69 to win by one.

The 36-year-old’s final-round scoring average in his five wins is now a blistering 65.60 (cumulative 22-under).


Final Leaderboard (DraftKings pre-tourney odds outright):

1- (-15, 273) Marc Leishman (60/1)

2- (-14, 274) Jon Rahm (15/2)

3- (-12, 276) Brandt Snedeker (50/1)

3- (-12, 276) Rory McIlroy (13/2); fave

5- (-11, 277) Tom Hoge (150/1)

Note: Consecutive top-10 finishes in the event: Rahm (2-5); McIlroy (3-5)

 

It's his first W since the now-defunct 2019 CIMB Classic 26 starts ago (22/1), where he was a 54-hole tri-leader and also closed in 7-under 65, with the same split (31-34), to win by five.

This was the Virginia Beach, Virginia, resident’s 12th Farmers, sixth top 25, fifth top 10 and third top 3 (T2/2014; T2/2010). He checked in off a T28 at the Sony two weeks ago (68-70-71-67), and a 1-2-2 record at Royal Melbourne (AUS) a month prior in a losing effort at the Presidents Cup.

It’s Leishman’s second top 10 of the season (six starts) and second podium, bettering a solo 3rd at the Safeway, also in California.

Season Form: 1-28-69-43-3-WD

Farmers Form: 1-43-8-20-MC-27-2-MC-52-9-2-26

FUN FACT: Presidents Cup participants from December have won three of four events to begin calendar-year 2020. Justin Thomas (Sentry TOC); Aussie Cameron Smith (Sony); Leishman (Farmers).

   

Leishman’s Position by Round:

R1: T11 (2 back)

R2: T17 (6 back)

R3: T7 (4 back)

 

Leader/co-leaders by Round:

R1: Sebastian Cappelen (finished: T21): Drops to 0-for-2 as 18-hole leader/co-leader

R1: Keegan Bradley (T16): Drops to 0-for-7

R2: Ryan Palmer (T21): Drops to 2-for-7 as 36-hole leader/co-leader

R3: Jon Rahm (2nd): Drops to 0-for-2 as 54-hole leader/co-leader


How Leishman Won the Tournament:

Ranked 1st (or T1) in: Total Birdies; Birdie to Bogey Ratio; Par-3 Scoring; Total Putts

Ranked 2nd(or T2) in: Total Bogeys; Birdie or Better Percentage; Par-4 Scoring; Total Par Breakers

Note: See “Leaders in Selected Stats” at the bottom, along with his full stats.

Lowest-Ranked Stat(s): Driving Accuracy (T58); Par-5 Scoring (T37)


Leishman’s TOUR Career:

Starts: 276

Cuts Made: 205 (74.2%)

Top 25s: 96 (34.7%)

Top 10s: 47 (17.0%)

Top 3s: 19 (6.8%)

Wins: 5 (1.8%)

FUN FACT: Leishman owned one TOUR win in his first 206 events. He’s now won four of his last 69 starts (5.7%). #LateBloomer

 

Wins by Season:

2020: 1

2019: 1

2018: --

2017: 2

2016: --

2015: --

2014: --

2013: --

2012: 1 (4th season on TOUR; 96th career start)

 

Leishman at Farmers:

Starts: 12

Top 25s: 6

Top 10s: 5

Top 5s: 3

Wins: 1

 

Leishman’s Season:

Starts: 6

Cuts Made: 5

Top 25s: 2

Top 10s: 2

Wins: 1


Leishman on Sunday:

After opening with 68-72-68, he began T7, and conjured three (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation.

Leishman lost 1.235 strokes off-the-tee but gained 2.865 approaching and 0.452 around-the-green.

He squared a lone bogey-5 at 17, outflanked by eight birdies at 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13 and 18, three from between 14 and 42 feet, and also saved par from 19'8" at the par-4 12th.

Leishman posted a sterling 1.429 putts per GIR and 4.778 SG: Putting with 25 total putts, the eventual clincher, a 5’7” birdie-4 at the last.

OUT: 5-under 31 (5 birdies); Leader by 2 (over McIlroy)

IN: 2-under 34 (3 birdies, 1 bogey); WINS by 1 (over Rahm)

He ended the week with 21 birdies, T1 in that stat, versus six bogeys, T2 in that stat.


By the Numbers:

33/1: Leishman’s revised outright betting entering R4.

3: Leishman is the third straight international winner of the Farmers.

9: In his first attempt to pass Sam Snead’s all-time TOUR wins record (83), seven-time past champ Tiger Woods finished T9, his third straight top 25 in the event after finishing MC-WD-T80/MDF prior to that.

5: Rahm, who won his first TOUR title here in 2017 (on debut), was 3-over thru 12 before playing his final six in 5-under, including a trip-birdie finish. In 2017, he canned a 60’8” eagle from the back fringe on the 72nd hole (using the flat stick) to win by three. On Sunday, the ASU alum had a 53’2” eagle try on 18 to force extra time but came up 16 inches short. It’s his fifth runner-up in 77 events and 13th career top 3 (16.8%).

2: McIlroy, the top-ranked OWGRer in the field at No. 2, could’ve reclaimed No. 1 with a win. Dating to last season’s win at East Lake, his T3 is his fourth straight top-3 finish on TOUR.

2: Through 15 (non-team) events this season, the pre-tourney fave/co-fave has won two times: McIlroy (6/1) at WGC-HSBC, and Justin Thomas (13/2) at THE CJ CUP. Last season, two fave/co-faves won (in 45 non-team events): McIlroy (12/1 co-fave) at THE PLAYERS, and Collin Morikawa at the opposite-field Barracuda (10/1).

13/2: McIlroy (NC-SC) a pre-tourney 13/2 fave outright, was undone by a R2 73 on the South (67-73-67-69), and a horrific beginning to R4 with three bogeys in his first four holes out of the final threesome.

15: Two-time past champ Snedeker’s T3 was his 27th podium in 340 events (7.9%) and first since P2 at last season’s Safeway (California) over 15 months ago.

5: Tom Hoge’s solo 5thwas his fourth top 25 of the season in nine starts, third straight, and third top 10, second straight (T6, AmEx). He was the top-finisher from the SC-NC draw.

18: 18 (of 21) TOUR rookies were in the field with Harry Higgs taking top-rookie honors with T9, despite a final-round 72 which needed 36 total putts (-2.869 SG: Putting).

33: Of 33 first-timers, Higgs was also top debutant. He’s now 7-for-11 on the season with four top 25s and two top 10s, joining a career-best solo 2nd at the opposite-field Bermuda five starts ago as the 54-hole leader by two.


Field Scoring Average:

Cumulative scoring averages:

R1: 72.21

R2: 71.66

R3: 71.71

R4: 71.86

Total: 71.89

Leishman: 68-72-68-65

Note: Had there been strokes gained stats for all four rounds: Leishman: 14.437 SG: Total.

 

FUN FACT: Last year 22 players recorded four sub-par rounds. This year: 6

Jon Rahm (finished 2nd); Tom Hoge (5th); Patrick Reed (T6); Tony Finau (T6); Tiger Woods (T9); Maverick McNealy (15th)


Draw:

There wasn’t a traditional draw this week, so we’ll look at the course rotation for the top-5 finishers:

1- Marc Leishman (NC-SC)

2- Jon Rahm (NC-SC)

3- Brandt Snedeker (NC-SC)

3- Rory McIlroy (NC-SC)

5- Tom Hoge (SC-NC)

 

79 pros from a field of 156 pros made the cut of 1-under 143:

SC-NC: 36 (of 77); 1 WD

NC-SC: 43 (of 77); 1 WD

 

Top 10s:

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SC (6): Tom Hoge (5th); Bubba Watson (T6); Tony Finau (T6); Max Homa (T9); Beau Hossler (T9); Patrick Rodgers (T9)

NC (8): Marc Leishman (Won); Jon Rahm (2nd); Brandt Snedeker (T3); Rory McIlroy (T3); Patrick Reed (T6); Charley Hoffman (T9); Tiger Woods (T9); Harry Higgs (T9)

Note: Leishman is the second straight NC-SC winner, joining Justin Rose. Rose was a SC-NC draw this year, however, and MC by two (75-70).

 

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8 (of 15) tourneys so far this season with a traditional draw:

 

Winners:

EARLY/late: 6

LATE/early: 2


Strength of Field:

With a Strength of Field rating of 398 (down 81 from last season), Leishman banks 54.00 world-ranking points and 500 FedExCup points:

OWGR: From 28 to 20 (up 8)

Note: Leishman’s career-high OWGR is 12th (after 2018 Sony).

FEC: From 49 to 7 (up 42)


Low Rounds:

R1:

(SC): 66: Sebastian Cappelen

(NC): 66: Keegan Bradley

R2:

(SC): 67: Brandt Snedeker, Lucas Glover

(NC): 62: Ryan Palmer

R3:

(SC): 65: Jon Rahm

R4:

(SC): 65: Marc Leishman, Charley Hoffman


Bogey-free Rounds:

R1: (5)

(NC) 5: Keegan Bradley (66); Byeong Hun An (67); Wyndham Clark (69); Ryan Brehm (70); Vince Covello (70)

(SC) 0

 

R2: (8)

(NC) 7: Mark Anderson (66); Beau Hossler (66); Zac Blair (66); Matthew Wolff (66); J.J. Spaun (67); Luke List (70); Gary Woodland (70_MC)

(SC) 1: Lucas Glover (67)

 

R3: (5)

Jon Rahm (65); Sung Kang (67); Tyler McCumber (68); Bubba Watson (69); Joaquin Niemann (70)

 

R4: (2) Charley Hoffman (65); Max Homa (67)

 

Multiple bogey-free rounds (NONE)


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Season Winners:

6 winners were in their 20s

8 were in their 30s (Leishman age: 36)

1 was in their 40s


Season Leaders in Top-10 Finishes:

4: Scottie Scheffler, Harris English

3: Rory McIlroy, Tom Hoge, Patrick Reed, Abraham Ancer, Sungjae Im, Webb Simpson, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Gary Woodland, Sebastian Munoz, Brendon Todd, Denny McCarthy, Carlos Ortiz, Byeong Hun An

 

Consecutive Top 10s on TOUR:

4: Rory McIlroy (3-P1-3-1)

3: Webb Simpson (3-P2-7)

2: Jon Rahm (2-10)

2: Tom Hoge (5-6)

2: Tiger Woods (9-1)

 

Consecutive Top-10 Streak Ended at:

4: Xander Schauffele (MC-P2-P2-10-2)

3: Gary Woodland (MC-7-5-3)

2: Scottie Scheffler (MC-3-5)

2: Rickie Fowler (MC-10-5)


Leishman’s Weekly Stats (ranking of 79 players):

Birdies: 21 (T1)

Bogeys: 6 (T2)

Birdie or Better Percentage: 29.17% (T2)

Birdie to Bogey Ratio: 3.50 (1st)

Par-3 Scoring: 2.75 (T1)

Par-4 Scoring: 3.88 (2nd)

Par-5 Scoring: 4.63 (T37)

Driving Accuracy: 27/56 (T58) at 48.21%

GIR: 52/72 (T14) at 72.22%

Putts per GIR: 1.673 (T4)

Total Putts: 110 (T1)

Putts by Round: 29-28-28-25

Scrambling: 15/20 (T4) at 75.00%


Leaders in Selected Stats:

Total Par Breakers:

1. Rory McIlroy (22)

2. J.B. Holmes (21)

2. Brandt Snedeker (21)

2. Charley Hoffman (21)

2. Jon Rahm (21)

2. Marc Leishman (21)

2. Cameron Champ (21)

 

Birdie to Bogey Ratio:

1. Marc Leishman (3.50)

2. Tom Hoge (2.83)

3. Jon Rahm (2.63)

4. Max Homa (2.29)

4. Zac Blair (2.29)

 

GIR %:

1. Will Gordon (79.17)

2. Bubba Watson (77.78)

2. Rory McIlroy (77.78)

4. Harry Higgs (76.39)

4. Beau Hossler (76.39)

14. Marc Leishman (72.22)