LEISHMAN EXTENDS LEAD TO FIVE SHOTS
ILL.» Marc Leishman finished LAKE FOREST, with a birdie for a 3-under 68 on Saturday to extend his lead to five shots over Jason Day and Rickie Fowler going into the final round of the BMW Championship.
Leishman gets another chance to win a Fedex Cup playoff event and get one of the top five seeds at the Tour Championship. It’s a much better opportunity than he had two weeks ago at the TPC Boston, when he shared the 54-hole lead with Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth was right behind.
This time, the affable Australian has a big cushion.
Fowler and Day failed to take advantage of the scoring holes on the back nine at Conway Farms, and both had to settle for a 70. Leishman was at 19-under 194.
• Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand shot 3-under 68 to lead the Evian Championship second round, 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.
• Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand birdied his last hole to card 5under 66 and take the lead after the third round of the KLM Open.
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 oneshot lead over Romain Wattel of France, who posted a 7-under 64 to move to 13 under.
• Tyler Duncan shot a 3-under 68 to increase his lead to two strokes in the Albertsons Boise Open, the second of four Web.com Tour Finals events that will determine 25 PGA Tour cards.