Leish­man main­tains lead at BMW

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS -

LAKE FOR­EST, ILL. » Marc Leish­man got upand-down 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 of the BMW Cham­pi­onship.

Leish­man 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 the clear­est path to claim the $10 mil­lion bonus.

And this op­por­tu­nity is much bet­ter than two weeks ago.

Leish­man shared the 54-hole lead at the TPC Bos­ton with Justin Thomas, who surged past Leish­man and held off Jor­dan Spi­eth. This time, no one could make a run at him Satur­day on a warm day with a steady wind at Con­way Farms.

Fowler rolled in a 25-foot 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. Leish­man was at 19-un­der 194 after the kind of round that lim­ited the pos­si­bil­i­ties for the fi­nal day. No one else was closer than seven shots of the af­fa­ble Aus­tralian.

Ju­tanu­garn in front at Evian

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE » Moriya Ju­tanu­garn of Thai­land shot 3-un­der 68 to lead the Evian Cham­pi­onship se­cond round on Satur­day, and could join her younger sis­ter Ariya in golf’s record book.

Seek­ing to be the first sis­ters to win a ma­jor ti­tle, Moriya’s 9-un­der to­tal left her one shot ahead of Ayako Ue­hara of Ja­pan, who had seven birdies in her round of 66.

The lead­ing group on Sun­day is com­pleted by Kather­ine Kirk of Australia, who carded a 69 to trail Moriya by two strokes. All three play­ing part­ners will seek their first ma­jor.

Vic­tory for the Moriya — who as a ca­reer-best fin­ish of 10th at a ma­jor — would make the Ju­tanu­garns the first sis­ters to win a Grand Slam ti­tle since the U.S. LPGA Tour was founded 67 years ago.

Ariya, who was top-ranked this sea­son, won the 2016 Women’s Bri­tish Open.

Two pairs of brothers have won ma­jor ti­tles, though not for more than 50 years.

Lionel and Jay He­bert of the United States each won a U.S. PGA Cham­pi­onship, in 1957 and 1960, re­spec­tively. The Park brothers of Scot­land, Mungo and Wil­lie, won back-to­back Bri­tish Opens in 1874 and ‘75. That was Wil­lie Park’s fourth Open ti­tle.

McKen­zie, Smith share Cham­pi­ons lead in Vic­to­ria

VIC­TO­RIA, BRI­TISH COLUMBIA » David McKen­zie birdied the fi­nal six even-num­bered holes for a 7-un­der 64 and a share of the lead with Jerry Smith in the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons’ Pa­cific Links Bear Moun­tain Cham­pi­onship.

McKen­zie, the 50-year-old Aus­tralian who Tues­day qual­i­fied to get in the field, be­gan the unique run on the par-4 eighth and added birdies on Nos. 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 to match Smith at 12-un­der 130 on Bear Moun­tain’s Moun­tain Course.

Ki­radech leads KLM Open

SPIJK, NETHER­LANDS » Ki­radech Aphibarn­rat of Thai­land birdied his last hole to card 5-un­der-par 66 and take the lead after the third round of the KLM Open on Satur­day.


Ja­son Day re­acts after not re­peat­ing his Fri­day hole-in-on the 17th hole dur­ing the third round of the BMW Cham­pi­onship Satur­day in Lake For­est, Ill.

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