MARC LEISHMAN was in great form firing eight birdies in his final 12 holes to finish outright 5th at the 2014 Sony Open in Hawaii on the weekend.
It was the big Victorian’s best finish since his fourth last April at the US Masters and came in what was the first full-field event of 2014 for the US PGA Tour.
Leishman finished with a 5-under 65 to be four strokes behind the eventual winner, America’s Jimmy Walker who won out over a very congested leaderboard with a blemish-free seven-birdie 63.
Walker finished on 17-under with fellow Americans Chris Kirk (66) second on 16-under and Jerry Kelly (65) third a stroke further back.
Earlier, it was Adam Scott making a big move with five birdies in his opening nine holes.
Scott got to within one stroke of the lead at one stage but had left himself too much to do after his second round 71 and eventually finished with a 66, tied for eighth on 10-under.
Scott will now take a break till the end of February and the Honda Classic while the tour moves to the US West Coast this Thursday for the Humana Challenge at La Quinta in California.2014 Sony Open Leaderboard