Date: December 07, 2015
Author: Robert Grant

Leishman’s massive payday

Victoria's Marc Leishman has pocketed a whopping $US1.25 million after sailing to victory in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.

Leishman, 32, played a nerveless final round four under par 67 to finish 19 under par, strolling to a six shot victory over world No.2 Henrik Stenson at the Gary Player Country Club.

It was the Australian's ninth professional title but his first on the European Tour. His previous largest cheque was when he won the 2012 Travelers Championship on the US PGA Tour.

“It’s a lot easier when you don’t have to make up ground and it was a great finish,” said Leishman who made only three bogeys all week.

“Henrik was getting away a bit on Saturday but it’s been an amazing week.

"It’s my first time here and we went on a safari on Wednesday, which was amazing, and I plan to bring my wife and children back next year to defend my title.

"Henrik is an awesome player and in the world’s top 10 but I really enjoyed myself and South Africa so (I am) definitely looking forward to coming back.”

Lesihman also led the British Open, at St Andrews in July, with six holes to play, before losing in a three-man play-off to American Zach Johnson but a 72-hole total of 19-under par was far too good for Stenson and the chasing pack. 

Meanwhile, in another win for Victorian pros, Bryden Macpherson has taken out the PGA Tour China's order of merit.

Macpherson has been a major force on the tour this season – from his eight tournaments he walked away with two wins and another four top five finishes.

His victory, with earnings of $150,000, means he is now a fully exempt player on the Tour in the US next season.

"It feels awesome," Macpherson said.

"In hindsight it was hard to get myself amped up for this week (the final event) knowing I had already achieved what I wanted to achieve from mid August.

"I came over here to try to skip through the first stage (of qualifying) and I've managed to skip Q School altogether where I'll have all year on the Tour next year.

"I don't think I can quite be ecstatic about it yet because I can't really believe I've done it," he said.

The Tour opens with the Panama Claro Championship in Panama on January 29.