Farmers Insurance Open Recap: Leishman Wins Over Rahm

Farmers Insurance Open Recap: Leishman Wins Over Rahm

This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.

We wrote last week about Torrey Pines being the biggest behemoth on the PGA Tour schedule, almost 7,700 yards of sheer length, a huge advantage to the longest hitters in one of the few weeks of the year in which putting traditionally has not mattered much.

This time, putting mattered.

Marc Leishman came from four shots off the lead with an incredible display on the greens, shooting a 7-under 65 to win the Farmers Insurance Open Sunday by one stroke over Jon Rahm.

The big Aussie, who had come close before at Torrey Pines, birdied five of the first eight holes and rolled in more than 150 feet worth of putts on a day his driver deserted him. Leishman finished first in the field in strokes gained: putting for the day (and the week), while ranking 70th out of 79 golfers in strokes gained: off the tee.

"You're not going to win Tour events if you're not putting well, and I putted probably as good as I ever putted today," Leishman told reporters in La Jolla, Calif.

It goes to show that there always is more than one way to win a golf tournament, even on a course that's one average drive from 8,000 yards.

Leishman drilled a 41-footer for birdie on No. 1, added two more 14-footers for birdies and also delivered three huge par saves of 20, 12 and 8 feet on the back nine. He even made a final birdie on 18, sinking a six-footer that

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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