Leishman has commanding BMW lead
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.