Marc Leishman extends BMW Championship lead to three

Australian Leishman carded eight birdies and a bogey as he tore up the Conway Farms course in Chicago for a second successive day.

Day's 13-under total leaves him with a share of second place alongside world number 10 Rickie Fowler (64).

But Friday under sunny skies at Conway Farms, the toothy grin returned after a hole-in-one on No. 17, and Day's easygoing nature was back in full swing.

The BMW Championship brings back memories for Leishman, who was paired with golf icon and 14-time major victor Tiger Woods at the tournament in 2009 and it something he remembers fondly as he looks to add a third PGA Tour title to his name. If the hole-in-one was lucky, the eagle was inch-perfect execution.

To mark his ace BMW awarded United States dollars 100,000 to the Evans Scholars Foundation and then Day made a decision to give the vehicle he won to the Evans Scholars, which will yield another full, four-year scholarship for another student. He already has three eagles this week, two of them on Friday. Defending champion: Dustin Johnson. A bogey on 13th was made up with a birdie on 15th, but closing bogeys on 17th and 18th spoilt his card. "Last time I was here I was five shots better when I finished so I have go to try and catch up to my number and if I can hopefully if I can get to that winning score last time then can win". He shot 69 and was at 7-under 135, in a tie for 12th.

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

Jordan Spieth, No. 1 in the FedEx Cup after successive runner-up finishes in the playoff events, only managed a 70 and joined Mickelson in the group at 135. Two weeks ago at the TPC Boston, he took a two-shot lead into the back nine only to get passed by Justin Thomas and Spieth by shooting 40 on the back nine to finish third behind Thomas.

Leishman is now a projected 4th in the Fedex Cup points table and if he can remain inside the top four heading into next week's Tour Championship then he controls his own destiny in search of the US$10 million FedEx Cup bonus as any player inside the top five would win the top prize with victory in Atlanta.

  • Stacy Allen