That's the best I've played, says Aussie Leishman

Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:24pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - Little-known Marc Leishman hailed the finest tournament display of his career after finishing joint second with South African Louis Oosthuizen at the 144th British Open on Monday.

Leishman and Oosthuizen were eclipsed by American winner Zach Johnson in a four-hole playoff but the Australian said he took a lot of positives from his St Andrews campaign.

"I've never put four really good rounds together like that," the 31-year-old told reporters after landing a bumper cheque for 536,500 pounds ($834,954).

"I've probably putted better, I've probably driven it better, I've hit my irons better but put all together, that's probably the best week I've had."

Leishman led golf's oldest major with six holes of his final round to play and, with victory in sight, an errant stroke at the par-four 16th proved costly.

He hit his second shot into a deep bunker and, despite splashing out skillfully, a missed putt from five feet meant he signed for a five.

"That hole was disappointing," said Leishman who now lives in the U.S. and has one PGA Tour win to his name. "I actually didn't hit that bad a putt, it just didn't do what I thought it was going to do.

"I hit a really good bunker shot and didn't finish it off."   Continued...

Marc Leishman of Australia reacts after his bogey putt on the 16th green during the final round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 20, 2015.      REUTERS/Paul Childs 
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