Leish­man leads BMW by 5 shots

San Francisco Chronicle - - SCOREBOARD -

As much as Marc Leish­man has been through, es­pe­cially off the golf course, it takes a lot to get to get un­der his skin. He tells his wife that even af­ter a par­tic­u­larly bad round, give him 10 min­utes and he’ll be fine.

His last tour­na­ment, when Leish­man lost a two-shot lead on the back nine at the TPC Bos­ton, was an ex­cep­tion.

“That one prob­a­bly took a day,” he said. “It stung a bit.”

Satur­day at the PGA Tour’s BMW Cham­pi­onship in Lake For­est, Ill., brought Leish­man on the verge of re­demp­tion.

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 at Con­way Farms.

Leish­man, at 19-un­der 194, 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 a clear path to claim the $10 mil­lion bonus. Fowler and Day each shot 70. “Leish is play­ing spec­tac­u­lar,” Day said. “He’s go­ing to be very dif­fi­cult to beat to­mor­row. I’ve got to come and play re­ally good golf be­cause he’s not mak­ing any mis­takes. He’s hit­ting it in the right spots, hit­ting in on the greens and hol­ing putts. That’s a good for­mula for suc­cess.”

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.

LPGA: Moriya Ju­tanu­garn shot 3-un­der 68 to lead in the Evian Cham­pi­onship se­cond round in Evian-les-Bains, France. Seek­ing to fol­low her younger sis­ter, Ariya, as a ma­jor win­ner, 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. The fifth women’s ma­jor of the sea­son is a 54-hole event af­ter weather-af­fected play Thurs­day was wiped from the record.

Euro­pean Tour: Ki­radech Aphibarn­rat birdied his last hole to card 5-un­der 66 and take the lead af­ter the third round of the KLM Open in Spijk, Nether­lands. His 14-un­der to­tal gave him a one-shot lead over Ro­main Wat­tel.

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