Leish­man leads by 5 at BMW

Vir­ginia Beach res­i­dent eyes play­off vic­tory, top five seed

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - College Football - From staff and wire re­ports

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.

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