Leish­man leads by two at BMW C’ship

The Jakarta Post - - SPORTS -

CHICAGO: Marc Leish­man blasted out of the gate at the BMW Cham­pi­onship on Thurs­day, fir­ing a nine-un­der par 62 to take a two-shot first-round lead over Ja­son Day, Charley Hoff­man and Jamie Love­mark in the US PGA Tour’s penul­ti­mate play­off event.

Leish­man, 33, came into the tour­na­ment in sev­enth place in the FedEx Cup stand­ings.

But with his siz­zling round at Con­way Farms he stole the spot­light from Jor­dan Spi­eth, who leads the play­off stand­ings and played along­side Justin Thomas and Dustin John­son –— who are right be­hind Spi­eth in the race for the US$10 mil­lion play­off se­ries bonus.

Leish­man set the tone with a birdie at the first, one of six birdies with one bo­gey on his front nine.

“I hit the ball re­ally well, which is ob­vi­ously what you have to do to shoot that score,” Leish­man said. “But prob­a­bly more im­por­tantly I putted well, I made the op­por­tu­ni­ties that I gave my­self.

“When you play golf and all you’re think­ing about his mak­ing birdies, it’s a lot eas­ier than try­ing to not make bo­geys,” added Leish­man, who picked up four more birdies com­ing in for a com­fort­able club­house lead. Day sliced into that lead with five birdies in a storming back nine. For­mer world num­ber one Day re­bounded from a bo­gey at the sec­ond hole with a birdie at the fourth and an ea­gle at the par-five eighth. Day, play­ing with long­time friend Luke Rear­don on his bag, capped his back nine with a four-foot birdie at the par-five 18th to com­plete his seven-un­der 64.

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