(Reuters) – Australian Marc Leishman won the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego on Sunday when the death of basketball great Kobe Bryant cast a shadow over the final round.
Several of the players competing at Torrey Pines knew Bryant well, notably Tiger Woods.
News of Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash quickly spread around the Torrey Pines course as the round progressed.
Woods, though, was unaware until after the round.
He shot 70 and finished equal ninth, six strokes behind Leishman.
The burly Australian carded seven-under-par 65 to claim his fifth PGA Tour victory as several players including overnight leader Jon Rahm faltered.
Leishman finished at 15-under 273, one shot ahead of Rahm (70), who regrouped and birdied the final three holes.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Ken Ferris)
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