Leish­man holds on for BMW lead

The Citizens' Voice - - SPORTS - BY DOUG FERGUSON

LAKE FOR­EST, Ill. — 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 twoshot 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-and­down from a tough lie be­hind the 18th green for one last birdie that gave him a 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 Tour Cham­pi­onship next week. The top seeds have a clear path to claim the $10 mil­lion bonus.

And 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.

CHARLES REX ARBOGAST / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Marc Leish­man looks over his birdie at­tempt on the third hole dur­ing the BMW Cham­pi­onship.

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