'Lucky' ace vaults Day into share of clubhouse lead

Sep 18, 2017, 00:39
'Lucky' ace vaults Day into share of clubhouse lead

Marc Leishman birdied the final hole for a round of three-under par 68 and a five-shot lead over Jason Day and Rickie Fowler in Saturday's third round as he looks to seal a wire-to-wire win at the BMW Championship.

Leishman, who goes into the weekend with a three-shot lead over Day and Fowler, told the PGA website: 'The game's feeling really good.

Ranked 51st in the FedEx Cup standings before the tournament got underway in IL - with the top 30 players progressing to the season-ending Tour Championship - McIlroy is facing a mountain to climb following Friday's second-round 69, which left him 15 shots behind leader Marc Leishman.

Britain's Justin Rose shot a bogey-free round and finished with a 66 on Saturday to reside in fourth place, seven strokes behind Leishman.

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FedExCup No. 5 Jon Rahm could do no wrong earlier this season, registering seven top-10s in a span of 10 starts, highlighted by his win at the Farmers Insurance Open.

The BMW Championship is the third of four playoff events on the PGA Tour. The following year, he won his second World Golf Championship, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players Championship.

Leishman, though, was able to pick up two shots on Day and Fowler, who each shot 70. So, excited about the first two rounds, but a lot of work to do. May not be in a row. Very easy to throw a mediocre round in there. Tomorrow I've got to try not to do that. I can't get too far ahead of myself.

"I've got to come out and play really good golf because he's not making any mistakes", Day said.

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His day looked like being much better after a sensational eagle at the opening hole, Fowler nearly driving the green before putting in from the fringes. Day had two birdies on the front nine but one bogey with no birdies coming in.

"'Leish' is playing spectacular; he's going to be very hard to beat tomorrow", said Day, who went wire-to-wire during his 2015 BMW Championship win.

"Of course, not as many birdies today but the conditions were quite a bit different so overall really happy with the round".

Sunday's drama will include not only Leishman's bid for the title, but also the race for the top 30 places in the FedEx Cup playoff standings.

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But if nothing else, Day has secured himself a higher FedEx Cup ranking and some momentum heading to the Tour Championship next week, where another big-money tourney awaits.