Leishman fires 62 for two-shot lead at BMW
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Marc Leishman made 10 birdies in the opening round of the BMW Championship on Thursday for a 9-under 62 to build a two-shot lead.
Jason Day made the biggest change of his career and had a 64, his best start in 16 months.
The race to the FedEx Cup finale got off to a blistering start at Conway Farms, and no one could top Leishman. The Australian, who finished third at the TPC Boston two weeks ago, ran off seven birdies in a nine-hole stretch in the middle of his round and matched his best score on the PGA Tour.
“When you play golf and all you’re thinking about is making birdies, it’s a lot easier than trying to not make bogeys,” Leishman said.
Day made five birdies on the back nine to atone for a sluggish start in a tournament where his expectations were up in the air. He decided last week that longtime coach Colin Swatton, would no longer caddie for him for at least the rest of the year — he kept Swatton as his swing coach. Day instead used an old roommate from his school days in Australia, Luke Reardon.
“A good step in the right direction, especially with having Luke on the bag,” Day said. “Obviously, not having Colin on the bag is something different and I just didn’t know how I was going to play. I think Luke did a fantastic job out there. We worked well together and hope we can keep that going.”
Charley Hoffman and Jamie Lovemark also shot 64.
Jordan Spieth, a runner-up in the last two FedEx Cup playoff events to take over the No. 1 spot in the standings, shot a bogey-free 65.
Marc Leishman watches his tee shot on the fourth hole Thursday.