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The 19th Hole: The Big Aussie Gets it Done

Even as his countrymen Adam Scott and Jason Day were carrying the torch high for Australian golf, Marc Leishman was plugging along, putting together solid seasons and making his way.

He took a big step forward in his career over the weekend, taking down the field at the BMW Championship, the third leg of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs.

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The win propels Leishman to the No. 4 spot in the point standings ahead of this week’s Tour Championship. He’s in serious position to strike and earn his biggest title.

“I’m happy doing what I’m doing now with the life I’ve got and the way I’m playing and all that to be happy with where I am,” Leishman said following his win. “Obviously I want to keep winning tournaments. So, you know, who knows?”

It’s not as if this is Leishman’s first trip to victory lane. He’s collected wins at the Travelers Championship and earlier this year at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and has more than $19 million in career earnings. And he was third a couple of weeks ago when Justin Thomas prevailed earlier in these playoffs.

But now he has sights on his biggest achievement yet, a FedEx Cup championship, if he could repeat his success from last week.

“I had my sights set high for the FedExCup and trying to get into the top five and … it’s nice to have the trophies there and be in that Top-5 and really if I have another good week next week, who knows what might happen,” Leishman said.

Jordan Spieth heads into the Tour Championship still atop the points, boosting his position with a strong final-round 65 at the BMW that placed him ultimately tied for 7th. Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler tied for 2nd but well behind Leishman. Whose 23-under par total was five shots clear of the pairing.

The defending points champion won’t be around to defend his title, as Rory McIlroy, who needed a high finish at the BMW, could only manage a tie for 58th and finished the week outside the top 30 to make the field.

So who’s going to walk away with the title and the big payday?

Tour Championship Picks

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Matt Kuchar – Starting the week 12th, one of golf’s most consistent moneymakers tied for 5th at the BMW.

Jon Rahm – And, he’s the guy Kuchar tied for 5th with. The young Spaniard is 5th in points in what’s really his first full season. Get used to this name.

Jordan Spieth – He’s been so strong since winning The Open in July and he’s primed to make history and join Tiger Woods as the only two-time FedEx Cup winner.

Longshot – Jason Dufner – There are no “longshots” in a 30-man field, but Dufner was the 30th and final guy to get in the tournament.

BMW Picks

Our two-week winning streak comes to an end.

Anirban Lahiri – Starting 70th, he needed a spectacular week to advance and nearly got it. 12-under, tied for 9th

Dustin Johnson – Not much went right until a final-round 64. 8-under, tied for 33rd

Hideki Matsuyama – Considering his recent form, this was a surprising week. 5-under, tied for 47th

Rory McIlroy – It just didn’t come together this season for the Irishman. He has a lot to work on this off-season. 2-under, tied for 58th

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