Leish­man still rolling at BMW

Tampa Bay Times - - Nfl | Golf -

LAKE FOR­EST, Ill. — As much as Marc Leish­man has been through, es­pe­cially off the golf course, it takes a lot 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 BMW Cham­pi­onship 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 3-un­der 68 and ex­tended his lead to five shots over Ja­son Day and Rickie Fowler go­ing into the fi­nal round at Con­way Farms.

Leish­man, who was at 19-un­der 194, gets an­other chance to win a FedEx Cup play­off event and grab one of the top five seeds at the PGA Tour Cham­pi­onship next week. The top seeds have a clear path to claim the $10 mil­lion bonus.

This op­por­tu­nity is much bet­ter than two weeks ago.

Leish­man shared the 54-hole lead at the Dell Tech­nolo­gies Cham­pi­onship TPC Bos­ton with Justin Thomas, who surged past Leish­man and held off Jor­dan Spi­eth. This time, no one could make a run at him on a warm day with a steady wind that made con­di­tions faster and more dif­fi­cult.

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 birdie at the turn but played the back nine with eight pars and 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. “Leish is play­ing spec­tac­u­lar,” Day said. “He’s go­ing to be very dif­fi­cult to beat (to­day). 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.” LPGA: Moriya Ju­tanu­garn of Thai­land shot 3-un­der 68 to lead the Evian Cham­pi­onship se­cond round in EvianLes-Bains, France, and could join younger sis­ter Ariya as the first sis­ters to each win a ma­jor ti­tle. Moriya’s 9-un­der 133 to­tal left her one shot ahead of Ayako Ue­hara of Ja­pan, who had seven birdies in her round of 66. The fifth ma­jor of the sea­son is a 54-hole event after weather-af­fected play Thurs­day was wiped from the record. First-round leader Sung Hyun Park fol­lowed her 63 with 73. CHAM­PI­ONS: David McKen­zie birdied the fi­nal six even­num­bered holes for 7-un­der 64 and a share of the lead with Jerry Smith in the Pa­cific Links Bear Moun­tain Cham­pi­onship in Vic­to­ria, Bri­tish Columbia. McKen­zie be­gan the unique run on the par-4 eighth and matched Smith at 12-un­der 130. Smith, tied for the first-round lead with Steve Flesch, fol­lowed his open­ing 64 with 66. Flesch had 70 to drop into a tie for sixth at 8 un­der.

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