Marc Leishman extends BMW Championship lead to three

Starting the day two back of Leishman, who opened with a nine-under 62, Day bounced back from a sloppy start featuring two bogeys with three birdies in his last four holes on the front side, before picking up an additional three shots on the inward half.

Day's 13-under total left him alongside world No 10 Rickie Fowler (64) in second place, three shots behind countryman Leishman, who fired a seven-under 64 to get to 16-under par.

'And last week I showed that a couple of shots going in the back nine is not enough.

After making an eagle Friday on the 585-yard 14 hole, Day is at 11-under par, one clear of Marc Leishman. He made a hole-in-one on the 17th hole with a 7-iron that turned into a payoff for multiple parties.


Anirban Lahiri carded even par 71 in the second round to finish the first two rounds at four-under and dropped from overnight tied-14th to tied-35 at the halfway stage of the BMW Championship here on Friday.

"I don't know if I'll ever get back there", Day said. "That's why earlier I said I'm going to donate that auto back to help another student because I am in a fortunate position and being able to not only impact one person but be able to impact another person's life, to be able to get them to go through college as well is huge".

Because of Day's ace at the 17th, BMW will donate $US100,000 to the Evans Scholar foundation which provides college scholarships to caddies. A bogey on 13th was made up with a birdie on 15th, but closing bogeys on 17th and 18th spoilt his card. "I need to make the Tour Championship - that's my ultimate goal".

Jordan Spieth, No. 1 in the FedExCup Playoffs, managed a 70 and joined Mickelson in the group at 135.


It's easy to overlook Leishman because the Australian has only two PGA Tour victories, including the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier this year.

Johnson won the first playoff event; Thomas, the second.

McIlroy won the Tour Championship a year ago to scoop the lucrative FedEx Cup bonus, but world number two Jordan Spieth leads the rankings.

Leishman came into the BMW Championship ranked seventh in the FedEx Cup standings after finishing third at the Dell Technologies Championship.



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