Leishman finishes third in US PGA tournament

Marc Leishman stalks a putt in his third round. Picture: AP

Marc Leishman stalks a putt in his third round. Picture: AP

WARRNAMBOOL'S Marc Leishman has finished third in the rich World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

Leishman posted a three-under 67 in the final round to finish at 12 under, three behind winner Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who carded a four-under 66. Spain's Sergio Garcia was second at 13 under, one ahead of Leishman.

Leishman momentarily got within two shots of the lead after a birdie on the par-three 12th but McIlroy birdied the 11th to kick his advantage back out to three.

Leishman's third placing is his best result at a WGC event, which are restricted to elite fields.

The 30-year-old has now had three top-three finishes this season and six times he has finished in the top-10.

He now heads to the final major of the year, the US PGA Championship, which starts later this week.

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