Leish­man grabs BMW Cham­pi­onship lead

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LAKE FOR­EST, Ill. — Marc Leish­man left his golf clubs in his garage dur­ing his week break from the FedEx Cup play­off and it didn't change any­thing. He made 10 birdies in the open­ing round of the BMW Cham­pi­onship for a 9-un­der 62 to build a two-shot lead.

Ja­son Day made the big­gest change of his ca­reer and had a 64, his best start in 16 months.

The race to the FedEx Cup fi­nale got off to a blis­ter­ing start Thurs­day at Con­way Farms, and no one could top Leish­man. The Aus­tralian fin­ished third at the TPC Bos­ton two weeks ago, did noth­ing last week ex­cept prac­tice putting in the room above his garage, and then ran off seven birdies in a nine-hole stretch in the mid­dle of his round and matched his best score on the PGA Tour.

"When you play golf and all you're think­ing about his mak­ing birdies, it's a lot eas­ier than try­ing to not make bo­geys," Leish­man said.

Day made five birdies on the back nine to atone for a slug­gish start in a tour­na­ment where his ex­pec­ta­tions were up in the air. He de­cided last week that Colin Swat­ton, the most mean­ing­ful fig­ure in his golf ca­reer, would no longer cad­die for at least the rest of the year. Day in­stead used an old room­mate from his school days in Aus­tralia, Luke Rear­don. If that wasn't enough, he also changed put­ters.

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

FIRST ROUND LEADER. Marc Leish­man watches his sec­ond shot on the 16th hole dur­ing the first round of the BMW Cham­pi­onship golf tour­na­ment at Con­way Farms Golf Club, Thurs­day, Sept. 14, 2017, in Lake For­est, Ill.

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