Leishman leads BMW by 5 shots
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.