Leishman leads by 5 at BMW
Virginia Beach resident eyes playoff victory, top five seed
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Marc Leishman got up-and-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.
Leishman, a Virginia Beach resident, 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.
This opportunity is much better than two weeks ago.
Leishman shared the 54hole 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. 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.
The top 30 in the FedEx Cup advance to next week’s Tour Championship, where all have a mathematical chance at the $10 million bonus and are assured spots in every major except the PGA Championship next year.
Phil Mickelson has a chance to make it to the Tour Championship. He had a 69 but failed to take advantage of the easiest par 4 at Conway Farms (15th) and took bogey on both par 3s.
Going into Sunday, Masters champion Sergio Garcia and a pair of PGA Tour rookies, Mackenzie Hughes and Patrick Cantlay, were projected to get into the top 30.
LPGA Tour: Moriya Jutanugarn shot 3-under 68 to lead the Evian Championship’s second round in France and could join her younger sister Ariya in golf’s record book.
Seeking to be the first sisters to win a major each, Moriya’s 9-under total left her one shot ahead of Ayako Uehara, who had seven birdies in a 66.
The leading group Sunday will be completed by Katherine Kirk, who carded a 69 to trail Moriya by two strokes. All three players are seeking their first majors.
Victory for Moriya — who has 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.
PGA Tour Champions: David McKenzie fired a 7-under-par 64 to share the lead with Jerry Smith through two rounds of the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship in Victoria, British Columbia.
McKenzie made eight birdies and a bogey, improving to 12 under overall. Smith, the first-round co-leader with Steve Flesch, followed up his opening 64 with a 66.
Smith began his second round with an eagle at the par-5 first hole and finished with five birdies and two bogeys.
Jerry Kelly was one shot back after a second-round 66, followed by Lee Janzen (64) at 10 under. Flesch lost ground with a 1-under 70.