THE result wasn’t what he wanted but Marc Leishman did his own reputation no harm with a stellar debut in the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village, Ohio.
The United States reinforced its dominance of the cup with a 18.5-15.5 win against the Internationals, its eighth in 10 tournaments since 1994.
Fred Couples’ Americans wrapped up the triumph by winning 4.5 of the 12 Sunday singles matches on Monday morning, Warrnambool time.
But the overseas raiders, captained by Nick Price, were far from disgraced against an opponent with a host of top-20 players.
Leishman, 29, finished his debut with a gutsy one-up win against Matt Kuchar, coming back from two-down after five holes.
His round of four-under 68 featured five birdies — three of which came during a decisive four-hole run which handed him the lead.
The result meant the Warrnambool professional had two wins and two losses over the four days.
Leishman opened his campaign by partnering with Argentine Angel Cabrera in a Thursday four-ball loss to Tiger Woods and Kuchar, 5/4.
His first win came in the Friday foursomes, he and Cabrera upstaging Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker 2/1 thanks to some late magic on the 17th.
Leishman produced a sublime seven-iron approach from 174 metres to within 30 centimetres of the cup, which handed Cabrera a simple tap-in for birdie.
He sat out the Saturday four-ball and played alongside Richard Sterne in a 4/3 defeat to Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson in the Saturday foursomes.
By that stage, the US was up 14-8 heading into the Sunday singles, and led 17-11 after the first six matches wrapped up.
But it had to wait for an hour as the Internationals — including Leishman — won the next three matches.
Woods, as he did in the 2009 and 2011 Presidents Cups, sealed the triumph by closing out a one-up win against Sterne.