Marc Leishman finishes strongly in US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow

Good year: Marc Leishman has produced his best year in golf's four majors. Picture: AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack
Good year: Marc Leishman has produced his best year in golf's four majors. Picture: AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

Marc Leishman shared the equal lowest score on the final day of the US PGA Championship in North Carolina.

The Warrnambool export carded a four-under 67 to climb to another impressive top-15 finish in a major.

Leishman finished at four-under par in a tie for 13th around the demanding Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, eight shots behind winner, American Justin Thomas.

His closing round effort helped Leishman achieve his most consistent year in golf’s four majors. He made the cut in all four majors in a year for the first time. He was tied for sixth at last month’s British Open and was tied for 27th at the US Open. He opened the year with a tie for 43rd at the US Masters.

His British Open result was the best by an Australian in the majors this year.

The 33-year-old is now eyeing a breakthrough major title in 2018, having posted a victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March – his second triumph on the US PGA Tour.

"With the win and the consistency it's definitely been my best year," Leishman told AAP.

"To perform well on the big stage has been really pleasing. At the British Open, I had high expectations. A 65 on Sunday and a top-six was satisfying.

"We play for the majors; they're the events we want to play our best in."

Leishman is now 14th in the US PGA Tour’s Fed Ex Cup points race, the highest in a season entering the lucrative playoffs, which began with the Northern Trust Open on August 24.

He is a certainty to be part of the International team for the Presidents Cup showdown against the United States in New Jersey, which starts in late September.