Leish­man has com­mand­ing BMW lead

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - SPORTS -

Marc Leish­man got upand-down from a tough lie be­hind the 18th green for one last birdie that gave him a 3-un­der-par 68 and ex­tended his lead to five shots over Ja­son Day and Rickie Fowler go­ing into the fi­nal round of the BMW Cham­pi­onship in Lake For­est, Ill.

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 25foot ea­gle putt from just short of the green on the open­ing hole, and he 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. Justin Rose had a 66 and was at 12-un­der 201, while Jon Rahm had a 65 and was in a large group at 11-un­der 202, eight shots out of the lead.

PGA Cham­pi­ons: Madi­son’s Jerry Kelly fired a 66 and is in third just a stroke back go­ing into the fi­nal round at the Links Bear Moun­tain Cham­pi­onship in Vic­to­ria, Bri­tish Columbia.

Kelly, 50, won the Boe­ing Clas­sic three weeks ago out­side Seat­tle for his first tour vic­tory.

David McKen­zie birdied the fi­nal six even­num­bered holes for a 7un­der 64 and a share of the lead with Jerry Smith.

McKen­zie, the 50-yearold 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.

LPGA: Moriya Ju­tanu­garn of Thai­land shot 3un­der 68 to lead in the Evian Cham­pi­onship sec­ond round on Saturday in Evian-Les-Bains, France and could join her younger sis­ter Ariya in the golf ma­jors record book.

Seek­ing to be the first sis­ters to both win ma­jors, Ju­tanu­garn’s 9-un­der to­tal was four shots clear of three play­ers in the club­house, in­clud­ing Jen­nifer Song of the United States, whose 65 was best among the morn­ing starters.

China’s Shan­shan Feng and Amer­i­can An­gela Stan­ford were also on 5 un­der af­ter card­ing 68s.

Vic­tory on Sun­day for the 23-year-old Moriya would make the Ju­tanu­garns the first sis­ters to win ma­jors on the LPGA Tour.

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