Away from the great struggle at the top of the leaderboard Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the 25-year-old rookie from Australia created some drama busting the playoff bubble.
Leisham, who arrived at the last hole 73rd in FedEx Cup points, closed with an eagle to win the right to advance to the BMW Championship. He had to crack the top 70 in points to advance. When his eagle putt disappared, he was projected to jump to 60th and secure another week of playoff golf.
“Every scoreboard you get a FedEx Cup points update, and he would be 68th, then the next scoreboard he would be 72nd, then 68th, and he was 73rd the last four or five holes,” said Geoff Ogilvy, who played with Leishman in the final round. “You knew with a birdie at the last hole, he might get in, but an eagle definitely gets him in. It was pretty cool.”
Leishman set up his eagle hitting a 4-iron from 246 yards to 5 feet.
“To get to the BMW next week is awesome,” Leishman said. “Just a little bit of added pressure knowing you have to play well.”
At the time Leishman made the putt, he bumped New England's own Brett Quigley from the last spot into the BMW Championship.