Leish­man ex­tends his lead at BMW Cham­pi­onship

Times Colonist - - Sports - DOUG FER­GU­SON

LAKE FOR­EST, Illi­nois — Marc Leish­man got up-and-down from a tough lie behind the 18th green for one last birdie that gave him a 3-un­der 68 on Satur­day, ex­tend­ing his lead to five shots over Ja­son Day and Rickie Fowler go­ing into the fi­nal round at Con­way Farms at the BMW Cham­pi­onship.

Leish­man, at 19-un­der 194, gets an­other chance to win a FedEx Cup play­off event and grab one of the top five seeds at the Tour Cham­pi­onship next week. The top seeds have a clear path to claim the $10 mil­lion US bonus.

Two weeks ago, Leish­man shared the 54-hole lead at the Dell Tech­nolo­gies Cham­pi­onship TPC Bos­ton with Justin Thomas, who surged past Leish­man and held off Jor­dan Spi­eth. This time, no one could make a run at Leish­man in a steady wind that made play­ing con­di­tions dif­fi­cult. Fowler and Day each shot 70. “Leish is play­ing spec­tac­u­lar,” Day said. “He’s go­ing to be very dif­fi­cult to beat. I’ve got to come and play re­ally good golf be­cause he’s not mak­ing any mis­takes. He’s hit­ting it in the right spots, hit­ting in on the greens and hol­ing putts.”

Macken­zie Hughes of Dun­das, Ont., is at 9 un­der af­ter a 69. Adam Had­win (70) of Ab­bots­ford is 1 un­der.

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