(Reuters) – The Australian Marc Leishman won the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego on Sunday when the death of basketball Kobe Bryant cast a shadow about the last round.
Several players who participated in Torrey Pines knew Bryant well, in particular Tiger Woods.
News about the death of Bryant in a helicopter crash spread rapidly over the runway of Torrey Pines as the round progressed.
Woods, however, was not aware until after the round.
He shot 70 and finished ninth, six strokes behind Leishman.
The burly Australian played seven under par 65 to claim his fifth PGA Tour victory while several players, including the leader of the night, wavered Jon Rahm.
Leishman finished 15-under 273, one shot for Rahm (70), who regrouped and birdied the last three holes.
(Report by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Ken Ferris)