Le­sih­man hold­ing at BMW

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Doug Fer­gu­son

LAKE FOR­EST, ILL. » As much as Marc Leish­man has been through, es­pe­cially off the golf course, it takes a lot to get to get un­der his skin. He tells his wife that even af­ter a par­tic­u­larly bad round, give him 10 min­utes and he’ll be fine.

His last tour­na­ment, when Leish­man lost a twoshot lead on the back nine at the TPC Bos­ton, was an ex­cep­tion.

“That one prob­a­bly took a day,” he said. “It stung a bit.”

Satur­day at the BMW Cham­pi­onship brought Leish­man on the verge of re­demp­tion.

Leish­man got up-and­down from a tough lie be­hind the 18th green for one last birdie that gave him a 3-un­der 68 and ex­tended his lead to five shots over Ja­son Day and Rickie Fowler go­ing into the fi­nal round at Con­way Farms.

Leish­man, who was 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 bonus.

And this op­por­tu­nity is much bet­ter than two weeks ago.

Leish­man shared the 54hole 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 him on a warm day with a steady wind that made con­di­tions faster and more dif­fi­cult.

Fowler rolled in a 25foot ea­gle putt from just short of the green on the open­ing hole, and made only one birdie the rest of the way. He missed putts from the 6-foot range on con­sec­u­tive holes on the back nine, one of them for birdie, and couldn’t make birdie with an iron in his hand for his sec­ond shot on the par-5 18th.

Day pulled within two shots with a birdie at the turn, but played the back nine with eight pars and a bo­gey. He also had an iron for his sec­ond shot on the 18th, but it plugged into the side of the bunker.

Fowler and Day each shot 70.

Phil Mick­el­son, fi­nally find­ing his form late in the year, has a chance to make it to the Tour Cham­pi­onship. He had a 69 — his sev­enth straight round in the 60s — but failed to take ad­van­tage of the eas­i­est par 4 at Con­way Farms — the reach­able 15th — and took bo­gey on both par 3s.

CHARLES REX ARBOGAST — THE ASOCIATED PRESS

Marc Leish­man waves to the gallery af­ter mak­ing a birdie on the 13th hole in the third round of the BMW Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day.

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