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Leishman win earns spot at the Masters

Marc Leishman, of Australia, poses with his family, while holding the championship trophy after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, March 19, 2017. With Leishman are sons, Harvey, 5, left, and Oliver, 3, and wife, Audrey. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Marc Leishman, of Australia, poses with his family, while holding the championship trophy after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, March 19, 2017. With Leishman are sons, Harvey, 5, left, and Oliver, 3, and wife, Audrey. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Phelan M. Ebenhack

MARC Leishman has stretched the Aussie contingent at Augusta to five with a stunning come from behind win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

The Victorian, without a Masters invite until today, took the lead with s 15m eagle putt on the 16th hole then made a great up and down from off the green at 18 to get in the clubhouse at 11-under.

Overnight leader Kevin Kisner needed a birdie on his final hole to force a playoff but put his second shot in to a greenside bunker and could'nt hole it from the sand, ensuring Leishman was the victor.

It was back-to-back Aussie wins at Bay Hill after world number two Jason Day won the event last year.

Leishman, from Warrnambool, was flanked by his two sons and pregnant wife, Audrey, who will now all head to Augusta for the Masters which begins on April 6.

The win was Leishman's first for five years in the US, a period which included an illness which left Audrey in a coma before she was diagnosed with toxic shock.

She recovered and is due to give birth to their third child soon.

"Around here the Ings can change so quick, you have to stay right in it, not thin about what's at the end I was able to do that I hole some good putts.

"It was a nice day, the putter was with me all week.

"Ive been playing well year. I've been driving better than I have have. This game is a lot easier out of the fairway And the putter has been amazing.

"I just haven't played how I wanted to on Sunday, today was the day.”

This year's Arnold Palmer invitation was the first played since his death in September last year.

"It was an awesome week, Mr Palmer was a great guy who I was lucky enough to meet.

And to have Audrey and the boys here, who could run out on the green, it all came together here.

"The Masters too, I wasn't in there, so it's pretty nice.”

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