Date: June 30, 2014
Author: Martin Blake /

Leishman fades at Congressional

ralia's Marc Leishman logged his third top-10 finish of the season despite a disappointing finish at the Quicken Loans National tournament at Congressional today.

Leishman began the final day in contention but shot a three-over-par 74 to finish tied-eighth. While the tournament offered up four qualifying spots for the British Open Championship at Royal Liverpool next month, the Victorian is already in the field due to his selection in the International team at last year's Presidents Cup.

Ranked 64th in the world before this week, Leishman is closing on the top-50 ranking that would give him starts in all the World Golf Championship events and the four majors.

Rookie professional Oliver Goss, whose sensational opening two rounds gave him a share of the lead, faded on the final day with a 79 to finish tied-58th in his second tournament as a pro.

The event was won by England's Justin Rose in a playoff over American Shawn Stefani. Rose went to the 18th hole leading by a shot but tugged his drive left, then punched his second into the pond beside the green. He need to make a tricky, three-metre putt for bogey to even reach the playoff.

But there was a sense of deja vu on the playoff hole when Stefani hit his drive left, then found the pond with his second, leaving Rose to make a safe par and win.

World No. 1 Stacy Lewis birdied the final hole to win the Walmart NW Arkansas tournament on the LPGA Tour ahead of Lydia Ko, Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford.

Australia's Adam Scott has retained his world No. 1 ranking despite the world No. 2, Henrik Stenson of Sweden, reaching a four-man playoff at the CC on the European Tour. Stenson was runner-up to Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti, who became the first man from his country to win in Europe.

Victorian Richard Green was the closest Australian in a tie for 12th.