Woodland, Leishman, Sharma tied for lead at CIMB Classic

Annette Crawford
October 16, 2018

Australian Marc Leishman burned away from the field with a dominant front nine at TPC Kuala Lumpur before cruising home to a commanding five-stroke win at the CIMB Classic on Sunday.

Another American Stewart Cink raced into contention heading into the final round with nine birdies to finish with a 63, four shots off the pace.

Woodland had been in a share of the half-way lead following an 11-under-par 61 to tie the course record on Friday. Thomas, the 2015 and 2016 champion, slipped down the leaderboard to tied 15th, despite his 65.

Woodland finished second to American compatriot Ryan Moore in Kuala Lumpur in 2013 and 2014. "And the other holes, you know, irons into some of the tougher holes, I'm laying back".

"I've been playing good", Woodland said.

"It's nice to just stay aggressive out here". "This golf course suits up pretty good for me, I've had success here in the past".


Sharma, who burst onto the scene with wins in Joburg and Maybank Championship on the European Tour earlier in the season, moved to 19-under-par 197, catching up with joint overnight leaders Gary Woodland of the United States and Australia's Marc Leishman, who both came in with 67 each.

The 25-year-old, who will attend the Buick LPGA tournament in Shanghai next week, added: "I wasn't satisfied with my shot all season but I've gained confidence in the past two weeks so I'm looking forward to the remaining tournaments". After placing in the top 10 in back to back events earlier this year - the WGC-Mexico Championship and Hero Indian Open - Sharma has found something over the first two days in Malaysia and is 13 under after Friday's round.

"I have made a few changes in the body and the swing". Just have to do everything right and that generally takes care of itself.

Overnight joint leader Shubhankar Sharma of India started in a shaky manner before coming back strongly with four birdies in four holes from the eighth onwards, but he made three straight bogeys from the 11th to finish on even-par for the day. But he only found five pars in his last five holes for a 65.

The top 72 players in the Schwab Cup standings qualified for the playoffs, the three-event series that begins next week in Virginia. The scores are low. "We had a good group going".

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