Leish­man’s 62 leads BMW Cham­pi­onship

Penticton Herald - - SCOREBOARD -

LAKE FOR­EST, Ill. — Marc Leish­man left his clubs in the garage dur­ing his week break from the FedEx Cup play­offs and it didn’t make a dif­fer­ence. He had 10 birdies in his open­ing round of 9-un­der 62 and built a two-shot lead in the BMW Cham­pi­onship. Leish­man fin­ished third two weeks ago at the TPC Bos­ton and moved to No. 7 in the FedEx Cup. His goal is to get into the top five go­ing into the fi­nal event at the Tour Cham­pi­onship.

Ja­son Day, play­ing for the first time us­ing a high school friend as his cad­die, was 7 un­der for his last 11 holes and shot 64. Jamie Love­mark and Charley Hoff­man also opened at 64.

Jor­dan Spi­eth had a bo­gey-free 65, while Phil Mick­el­son shot 66, also with­out a bo­gey.

Spi­eth, a run­ner-up in the last two FedEx Cup play­off events to take over the No. 1 spot in the stand­ings, turned a wild tee shot into a birdie on the open­ing hole, added a 30-foot birdie from off the green at No. 5 and set­tled down the rest of the way.

Also at 65 was Rickie Flower, who ran off six straight birdies, capped by a 65-foot pitch from short of the 17th green.

The top 30 in the FedEx Cup after this week make it to the Tour Cham­pi­onship at East Lake for a math­e­mat­i­cal shot at the $10-mil­lion bonus. The top five play­ers — Spi­eth, Justin Thomas and Dustin John­son al­ready are as­sured that po­si­tion — would only have to win at East Lake to claim golf’s rich­est prize.

Thomas shot 67 and John­son carded a 71 on Thurs­day.

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