Leish­man fires 62 for two-shot lead at BMW

The Maui News - - SPORTS - By DOUG FER­GU­SON The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

AP photo

Marc Leish­man watches his tee shot on the fourth hole Thurs­day.

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