Keeping Score

Aussies sweep titles on Australia Day

As their homeland fights record wildfires, Australians Marc Leishman and Lucas Herbert win tournaments on 2 major professional tours spanning 2 continents

2: Number of victories by Australian touring professionals on Australia Day. Marc Leishman rallied from a four-stroke deficit to win the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday in San Diego (scores). The U.S. victory came just hours after countryman Lucas Herbert survived a playoff to claim his first title on the European Tour, winning the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates (scores). Leishman shot 7-under 65 at Torrey Pines’ South Course to post a 15-under 273 and one-stroke victory over Spain’s Jon Rahm, the 2017 Torrey Pines winner. It was the fifth victory on the PGA Tour for Leishman, 36, and his first since October 2018. Tiger Woods, seeking to win victory No. 83 and pass Sam Snead for the all-time Tour mark, tied for ninth in his 2020 debut at a course where he has won eight times as a professional. In the Middle East, Herbert made up six strokes on the final day, then won a two-hole playoff for his breakthrough triumph on the European Tour. Herbert, 24, defeated Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa by sinking a 2-foot birdie putt on the second extra trip to the par-5 18th hole at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai. They had tied at 9-under 279 after each shot 4-under 68 in the final round. Herbert dedicated the victory to residents of his homeland, who are battling massive wildfires. American Bryson DeChambeau, the defending champion, finished with four consecutive bogeys to shoot 72 and finish four strokes off the pace.

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