Leishman leads by two at BMW C’ship
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.