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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 282
MASTERS WRAP SMITH & LEISHMAN ARE MAJOR MATERIAL Cameron Smith (66) and Marc Leishman (70) finished strong on Sunday afternoon to both earn a top-10 Masters finish. Smith was even with the card through the front nine but made six birdies to storm home in 30 strokes and reach nine under and grab a share of fifth place. The result earns him a return visit to the Masters in 2019 and will see him gain a significant rise in the world ranking. It is the 24-year-old’s second top-five in a major, after he finished T4 behind Jordan Spieth at the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay. Leishman ended his Masters campaign seven shots in arrears of winner Patrick Reed, and back in outright ninth place, having shared the lead at various stages during rounds one and two. “Yeah, a good week,” Leishman said. “We were talking about it coming up 17. And we were saying you’d rather have two good first rounds. Obviously you’d want to have four good rounds, but you’re right in the thick of it and amongst it on the weekend rather than play average the first two days and have a back door top-10, and never have a chance to win. “There are plenty of positives to take out of it. Looking forward to next week and the next major.” Leishman has now had five top-10s in 19 major championship starts since 2013. SPIETH IS MASTER OF THE MASTERS Jordan Spieth might have fallen short of a second green jacket, but there is no doubt he has stamped himself as the man to beat every year when the Masters rolls around. Spieth’s final round 64 – to come from nine shots behind Patrick Reed heading into Sunday – was all class with nine birdies and just a lone bogey at the last costing him a course-record equaling 63. He tied the lead with Reed late but ultimately Spieth was coming from too far back to overcome him. The 24-year-old Texan now possesses the best Masters record through his first five starts in the history of the tournament. In five starts, he’s had a win, two runner-ups and a third. His worst finish was in 2017 when he was T11.
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