Leish­man main­tains BMW lead

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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 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 upand-down 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, a Wester­ville res­i­dent, 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.

LPGA TOUR: Moriya Ju­tanu­garn of Thai­land shot 3-un­der 68 to lead the Evian Cham­pi­onship sec­ond round in EvianLes-Bains, France on Satur­day, and could join her younger sis­ter Ariya in golf’s record book. Seek­ing to be the first sis­ters to win a ma­jor ti­tle, Moriya’s 9-un­der to­tal left her one shot ahead of Ayako Ue­hara of Ja­pan, who had seven birdies in her round of 66.

The lead­ing group on Sun­day is com­pleted by Kather­ine Kirk of Aus­tralia, who carded a 69 to trail Moriya by two strokes. All three play­ing part­ners will seek their first ma­jor.

Vic­tory for Moriya — who has a ca­reer-best fin­ish of 10th at a ma­jor — would make the Ju­tanu­garns the first sis­ters to win a ma­jor since the U.S. LPGA Tour was founded 67 years ago.

EURO­PEAN TOUR: Ki­radech Aphibarn­rat of Thai­land birdied his last hole to card 5-un­der-par 66 and take the lead af­ter the third round of the KLM Open in Spijk, Nether­lands on Satur­day. Ki­radech birdied four of his first eight holes and went around in reg­u­la­tion pars un­til his fi­nal-hole birdie. His 14-un­der to­tal gave him a one-shot lead over Ro­main Wat­tel of France, who posted a 7-un­der 64 to move to 13 un­der.

WEB.COM TOUR: Tyler Dun­can shot a 3-un­der 68 to in­crease his lead to two strokes Satur­day in the Al­bert­sons Boise Open in Boise, Idaho, the sec­ond of four Web.com Tour Fi­nals events that will de­ter­mine 25 PGA Tour cards.

CHAM­PI­ONS TOUR: Aus­tralia’s David McKenzie shot a 7-un­der-par 64 to move into a tie atop the leader­board on Satur­day af­ter two rounds of the Pa­cific Links Bear Moun­tain Cham­pi­onship in Vic­to­ria, Bri­tish Columbia.


Marc Leish­man ac­knowl­edges the crowd Sat­ur­day af­ter mak­ing birdie on the 18th hole dur­ing the third round of the BMW Cham­pi­onship at Con­way Farms Golf Club in Lake For­est, Ill.

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