|Title||Leishman puts himself in frame for US$10m bonus|
|Description||Leishman puts himself in frame for US$10m bonus
Marc Leishman’s dominant BMW golf Championship victory has put him in the frame for the FedExCup’s US$10 million bonus but the Australian would prize the validation of beating the world’s best much more than the money, his long-time coach has said.
Denis McDade, Leishman’s Melbourne-based mentor for over 15 years, watched his charge trounce the field by five strokes at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Illinois, and soar into contention ahead of the Tour Championship finale.
Only three-time major winner Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson lie ahead of the burly Australian in the FedExCup standings, and McDade has little doubt Leishman belongs in their company.
Money, however, will be the last thing on his mind when he tees up at the East Lake Golf Club at Atlanta, said McDade.
“If you offered him a choice of the bonus or beating the best players in the world and winning the FedExcup, he would take the win for sure,” McDade said. “He’d be very happy to stick his hand out, but I can say with utter conviction, it’s not about the money.
“I know that he wants to be considered one of the best players in the world and the best way to do that is to respond to the best players in the world when they are challenging you.”
Leishman did just that with his wire-to-wire win at the BMW Championship, as he saw off a fierce Sunday challenge from former US Open winner Justin Rose before slamming the door shut with consecutive birdies on the back nine.